WASHINGTON, D.C. – Omaha attorney Steve Grasz’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit was advanced on Thursday.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse and fellow members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Grasz’s nomination to the rest of the Senate. Senator Sasse says soon the Senate will learn about the character and credentials of Grasz.
“The Judiciary Committee has now heard, and soon the full Senate will be hearing, about the impeccable credentials of Mr. Grasz,” said Senator Sasse. “Steve has served with distinction as Nebraska’s Chief Deputy Attorney General for nearly a dozen years. During that time, he defended our state’s laws with integrity, humility, and decency.”
Senator Sasse spoke before the Senate about Grasz’s recommendation from President Obama’s U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, Deborah Gilg.
“She wrote to the committee, ‘Steve has always enjoyed a reputation for honesty, impeccable integrity, and dedication to the rule of law.'” Senator Sasse read. “She continued by noting that, Steve ‘possesses an even temperament well suited for the bench and always acts with respect to all that interact with him.'”
Sasse finished his speech to the Senate with comments about the respect Grasz has received from both major political parties.
“Steve has earned the support of Republicans and Democrats back in Nebraska and I hope that when his nomination comes to the floor of the Senate, we will take to heart all of the support that he has across the political spectrum and from well-respected lawyers across our state.”
The Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination with a 11 to 9 vote. The nomination will now be considered by the full Senate.