WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today encouraged her Senate colleagues to confirm Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Cory T. Wilson to be a U.S. Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
In a floor speech, Hyde-Smith offered a strong endorsement of Wilson, who if confirmed would be the 200th judge confirmed by the Senate since President Trump’s inauguration. The Senate voted Monday night to begin consideration of Wilson. A vote could occur later today or Wednesday.
“I have known Judge Wilson for many years. His experience and legal knowledge make him an excellent choice to serve on the appellate court,” Hyde-Smith told her colleagues. “I am also pleased a judge from Mississippi will mark a historic day as the 200th federal judge to be confirmed by the United States Senate during the Trump Administration.”
A former state legislator with a degree from Yale Law School, Wilson would also be the 53rd circuit court judge confirmed under President Trump.
The following is the text of Hyde-Smith’s remarks:
Madam President, it is an honor to speak on behalf of Judge Cory Wilson of Mississippi and in support his nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I have known Judge Wilson for many years. His experience and legal knowledge make him an excellent choice to serve on the appellate court.
Numerous colleagues of Judge Wilson’s, from different backgrounds and political affiliations, have risen in support of his nomination and spoken to his personal qualities.
After his impressive nomination hearing, and an outpouring of support from Mississippians that know him best, there is no question that Judge Wilson will be a fair, impartial judge who follows the rule of law.
Judge Cory Wilson will serve on the Fifth Circuit with honor, dedication, and distinction.
I am also pleased a judge from Mississippi will mark a historic day as the 200th federal judge to be confirmed by the United States Senate during the Trump Administration.
Judge Wilson’s confirmation represents a pivotal point in the President’s work to ensure there are more smart, conservative jurists in the federal judiciary.
Under the leadership of President Trump and Leader McConnell, the Senate has prioritized confirming bright, well-qualified men and women who will serve our country for years to come.
I am proud to support Judge Cory Wilson, and urge my colleagues to approve his nomination.
Thank you. I yield the floor.