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Senate Proceeding on Sep 29th, 2009 :: 5:11:25 to 5:15:30
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Tim Johnson

5:11:23 to 5:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: the clerk: judiciary, jeffrey l. viken of south dakota, to be united states district judge for the district of south dakota. the presiding officer: the senator from south dakota. mr. johnson: you know, one of the duties of the

Tim Johnson

5:11:25 to 5:15:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

5:11:47 to 5:12:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: the atd vice and -- advice and consent of judges appointed by the president to the bench. the lifetime appointment of a judge is a very serious decision, one that has lasting pact on our democracy. today the senate takes up the nomination of jeffrey viken to

Tim Johnson

5:12:10 to 5:12:32( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: be u.s. f dakota. it is this nomination that i wish to speak of today. so far this new president, we have confirmed two judges. one of those judges is supreme court justice sonia sotomayor

Tim Johnson

5:12:33 to 5:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: and the other is a second circuit judge. i'm proud to have a south dakotan as a third judge to be confirmed by the senate. however, we're nine months into this new administration, and we have only confirmed two judges.

Tim Johnson

5:12:54 to 5:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: i must say that i think the process of nominating and confirming judges has become increasingly overpoliticized. while i believehat the president should have some

Tim Johnson

5:13:18 to 5:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: latitude in selecting j jeff attended law school at the university of south dakota where our attendance overlapped. i received my law degree in 1975, and jeff received his law degree in jeff has served as assistant

Tim Johnson

5:13:39 to 5:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: u.s. attorney and acting u.s. attorney for south dakota before going into private practice. his extraordinary reputation of skill and integrity during his years of public and private law practice will translate well and benefit this court.

Tim Johnson

5:14:01 to 5:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: the same can be said of his tenure as federal public defender for north and south dakota, a job he has held since 2003. regarding his nomination, jeff received a well-qualified rating from the american bar association.

Tim Johnson

5:14:22 to 5:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: it is clear that he has an accomplished resume and many years of public service it is a great honor that president obama has placed on jeff. we are very fortunate to have a great member of the south dakota legal community nominated to this post. jeff has many years of public

Tim Johnson

5:14:45 to 5:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: service his future work for the people of south dakota. most importantly, his nomination to the bench is for just and the rule of law for dakota, but for our nation. i have known jeff for a long time.

Tim Johnson

5:15:08 to 5:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: i find good, moral character and standing in the community. mr. president, it is with great satisfaction that i will cast my vote today for the confirmation of jeff viken to be the next u.s. federal district judge for south dakota. i urge my colleagues to support

Tim Johnson

5:15:30 to 5:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: this very qualified nominee and

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