FederalIssuesMatthew Kacsmaryk Confirmed as Federal Judge for Northern Texas

Matthew Kacsmaryk, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and graduate of the University of Texas, was confirmed to a U.S. District Court yesterday.
June 20, 2019
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed former SMU adjunct professor and Assistant United States Attorney, Matthew Kacsmaryk, to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge.

He will serve the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Kacsmaryk received his law degree from the University of Texas and graduated with honors. While in college, Kacsmaryk was also a member of the Federalist Society, similar to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and four other sitting justices.

He is known for securing the 2012 conviction of Khalid Ali-M Aldawasari, a Saudi national who attempted to procure bomb-making material and chemicals to target former President George W. Bush and Dallas-area nightclubs.

Most recently, Kacsmaryk represented an Oregon bakery that was sued by an LGBT couple after the business refused to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony due to religious objections.

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Both Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn approved the nomination, though according to the Dallas Morning News, “75 LGBT groups sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging rejection of Kacsmaryk.”

In a press release sent to The Texan, Kelly Shackelford, the president and CEO for First Liberty Institute stated, “Matthew is one of the top legal minds in the country, a staunch defender of the Constitution, and has even won a national award for his work as a federal prosecutor putting away dangerous terrorists. He will make an excellent judge.”

Kacsmaryk’s nomination passed yesterday with a final vote of 52-46.


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Tony Guajardo

Tony Guajardo is a reporter for The Texan. He has been involved in politics since the fall of 2012 when he served as an intern for the now-retired U.S. Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio). He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University.