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Trump Taps Tennessee Senate Leader, 3 More To Judgeships

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 18:57:15-04

President Donald Trump has nominated Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and three others to federal district court judgeships.

On Thursday, Trump nominated Norris for judge in western Tennessee.

The Collierville Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and has been majority leader since 2007. He has been working in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP.

Norris released the following statement about his nomination:

“I am honored by the nomination and appreciate the President’s confidence in me. This is just the first step under the Constitution, and I look forward to the Senate confirmation process. In the meantime, I will continue to serve the citizens of the 32nd District who elected me to the Senate and my Senate colleagues who elected me as their Leader.”

About the nomination, Governor Bill Haslam said, “Mark Norris has been a committed legislator for his district, and the entire state is better for his conservative and thoughtful leadership in the Senate. West Tennessee will have someone in Mark that works tirelessly every day to make their lives better, and I will miss his leadership in the State Senate."

Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally also released a statement about the nomination on Thursday:

"Mark Norris has been -- and will continue to be until his confirmation -- an outstanding Senate Republican Leader for our caucus. Both a political and policy expert, Mark's leadership charted the conservative course that our Republican majority took as we ushered in a new era in state government. A consummate conservative, Mark turned conservative ideas into action as he worked with the administration to mold and shape the Republican agenda of less spending, low taxes and smaller government. He is a wise counselor and a treasured friend. While the judiciary will gain a sterling legal mind with thoroughly sound judgment, the Senate Republican Caucus will lose our fearless Leader. He will be greatly missed."  

Trump also nominated Thomas Lee Robinson Parker in western Tennessee. He's a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

In middle Tennessee, Trump nominated William L. "Chip" Campbell, Jr. and Eli J. Richardson.

Campbell has been a member in the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. Richardson has been a member in the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.