Texas’ final judicial vacancy is now on the fast-track to being filled. In the last three years, the U.S. Senate has filled 20 federal bench vacancies in Texas. Now the 21st vacancy, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi, has an all-but-official judge to fill it: Drew Tipton.
Tipton is a former Marine and a trial lawyer with Baker & Hostettler in Houston, with whom he has worked since 1999. Tipton has focused on labor and employment and he graduated from the South Texas College of Law Houston in 1994.
For Tipton’s Judiciary Committee hearing, many of the senators were absent — commonly thought of as a good sign for a nominee, meaning they’re not a controversial candidate.
“Drew Tipton will make an excellent federal judge, and I look forward to supporting his swift confirmation in the Senate,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I applaud President Trump for having selected a nominee for the last remaining federal judicial vacancy in Texas, thus ensuring Texans have the benefit of timely and efficient justice.”
Sen. Ted Cruz said of Tipton, “Drew’s experiences as a trial advocate and his deep history with the Southern District make him a strong and well-qualified candidate to be a judge for the Southern District, and I’m proud to support him, and I look forward to this committee reporting favorably on his nomination.”
Tipton is a member of the influential Federalist Society. He has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for years in various categories.
Tipton was nominated by President Trump in mid-January. Tipton is expected to be reported favorably by the Judiciary Committee and then will be sent to the Senate floor for an official confirmation vote.
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Brad Johnson is an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad watching and quoting Monty Python productions.