Baton Rouge attorney Kyle Duncan was confirmed to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The vote was 50-47 in favor.
The Senate’s vote was praised by both Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy. Cassidy sent out a press release.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), congratulated Baton Rouge native Kyle Duncan after the Senate voted to confirm his nomination to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Duncan is the first Baton Rouge-based nominee confirmed to the Fifth Circuit in the last 40 years.
“This is a wonderful moment for Kyle and his family, but it’s an even better moment for Louisiana and our country,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Kyle is the first federal appeals judge from Louisiana confirmed under President Trump, and he’s a top-notch lawyer who is committed to defending the Constitution. I’m glad he will soon take his seat on the bench.”
Cassidy spoke in support of Duncan’s nomination yesterday on the Senate floor, and introduced him to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November at the hearing on his nomination.
John Kennedy also sent out a press release and spoke on behalf of Duncan on the Senate floor.
Here’s Kennedy’s press release:
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today in support Kyle Duncan’s nomination to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
“Kyle’s experience, judicial temperament and his strict interpretation of our Constitution will serve him well on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,” said Sen. Kennedy. “I am proud to have voted for him, and I look forward to having him back home to serve Louisiana again.”
Progressive groups worked to defeat Duncan. They attacked him as “anti-choice” and “anti-LGBT” for his work with the Becket Fund for Religous Liberty. He was instrumental in defeating the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.
In the end, only 1 Democrat crossed party lines to vote for Duncan, Joe Manchin of West Virginia.