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The Senators recommend

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Sens. Lincoln and Pryor have sent a letter to President Obama with recommendations for Arkansas' two U.S. Attorney positions, as well as two U.S. Marshal positions.  The senators also included an additional recommendation for a federal judge position following the death of Judge Jim Hudson. Carlton D. Jones will replace Hudson on that list.  Their recommendations follow: 

Candidates for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas: Michael D. Barnes, Christopher R. Thyer, and Edward O. Walker.

Candidates for U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas: William Conner Eldridge, Jr., Shawn J. Johnson, and Christopher D. Plumlee.

Candidates for U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas: Clifton T. Massanelli and JR Thomas.

Candidates for U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas: Gary Grimes and Mike Ogelsby.

Read the release on the jump.

Lincoln and Pryor Offer Recommendations for Arkansas’s U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Marshals

Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor have sent letters to President Barack Obama recommending individuals for Arkansas’s two U.S. Attorney and two U.S. Marshal positions.  The senators also offered an additional name for a federal judge vacancy following the death of Judge Jim Hudson, who had been one of three individuals recommended for the post. 

“U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals are federal law enforcement officers whose work affects the everyday lives of Arkansans,” Lincoln said. “After thorough review of many qualified individuals, I am pleased to recommend these Arkansans and know they would serve our state and nation ably if selected by the President.” 

“When it comes to leaders with experience, integrity, and a strong commitment to protecting their community, these Arkansans stand out,” Pryor said.

Lincoln and Pryor have recommended the following Arkansans as candidates for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas: Michael D. Barnes, Christopher R. Thyer, and Edward O. Walker.

The senators have recommended the following Arkansans as candidates for U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas: William Conner Eldridge, Jr., Shawn J. Johnson, and Christopher D. Plumlee.

Lincoln and Pryor have recommended Clifton T. Massanelli and J.R. Thomas as candidates for U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The senators have recommended Gary Grimes and Mike Ogelsby as candidates for U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas.

In addition, Lincoln and Pryor have recommended Carlton D. Jones for U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.  Lincoln and Pryor offered the recommendation following the death of Judge James S. Hudson, Jr., of Texarkana, Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge.  The White House requests three names per judicial vacancy.  Jones joins Caroline M. Craven and Susan O. Hickey among recommendations for the vacancy created by the Honorable Harry F. Barnes assuming senior status. 

“Jim Hudson was not only a respected attorney and judge but also a wonderful family man and trusted friend.  When I met with Jim earlier this year, I was extremely impressed by his long record of service and the role he might play as a federal judge,” Lincoln said.  “Carlton Jones shares a similar commitment to our state and would serve ably if selected by the President.”

“Jim Hudson was truly a respected jurist, admired broadly in the legal community. We will miss him,” Pryor said.  “Carlton Jones, like our two other nominees, possesses the critical qualities that make a great judge. I believe the President will find them all to be well-qualified, demonstrate the proper judicial temperament, and exhibit the ability to be fair and impartial.”

Nominees for U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and federal judge must be confirmed by the United States Senate.  Historically, the President of the United States has relied upon the recommendations of home state senators when making these appointments. 

The senators’ recommendation letters to the President are attached.


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