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Senate Proceeding on Oct 27th, 2009 :: 1:08:05 to 1:18:25
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John Rockefeller

1:08:01 to 1:08:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: so i am going to continue to ask these questions. madam president, i make a the business has expired. time for morning business has the roll. mr. dorgan: madam president, i withhold the quorum. the presiding officer: without

John Rockefeller

1:08:05 to 1:18:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

1:08:24 to 1:08:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: objection. morning business is closed. under the previous order, the senate will proceed to executive session to consider the following nomin clerk will the clerk: nomination: the j irene cornelia berger of west virginia to be united states district judge for the sou district of west virginia. mr. rockefeller: madam president?

John Rockefeller

1:08:45 to 1:09:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the presiding officer: the senator from west mr. rockefeller: madam president, i rise to eak on precisely the issue that the current -- the clerk reported, and that is something which is extremely important to me and also extremely important to the people of west virginia, an historic decision that we're going to make here. today the senate will consider

John Rockefeller

1:09:07 to 1:09:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the nomination of judge irene berger to serve on the u.s. district court for the southern district of west virginia. now, i have had the pleasure of knowing judge berger for many, manyears, and for having a very high regard for her and liking her very much for many, many years, and i continue to be amazed

John Rockefeller

1:09:30 to 1:09:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: intellect, her calmness, very marvelous calmness which bespeaks of integrity and knowledge and fearlessness in the face of whatever might come up. and of course her complete dedication to public service, which i will talk about. she is a a true professional, which is

John Rockefeller

1:09:52 to 1:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: why i'm so proud to join with senator byrd in recommending her to the president for this judgeship. without any doubt, judge berger is one of "the" most qualified people to serve on the federal bench. she truly sun matched in her professionalism and in her experience and in her demeanor for this position.

John Rockefeller

1:10:13 to 1:10:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and she has the temperament that should be expected of any judicial nominee, which is not just calmness and, you know, the right demeanor, but she embraces the courtroom, masters the courtroom. she's in charge of the courtroom, and it is a wonderful thing. she is very smart, obviously. she's very fair.

John Rockefeller

1:10:34 to 1:10:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: she's dispassionate. she's rational. she reaches her decisions in a calm and very deliberative way, showing respect and equal triement to all claimants before her -- showing respect and equal treatment to all claimants before her in the courtroom. it is perhaps, i think -- and i would judge -- her upbringing

John Rockefeller

1:10:56 to 1:11:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: that helped judge berger to be the outstanding judge and person that she is today. she grew up in a very large family in one of the four poorest counties in the united states of america. she worked hard, got a gd education, and ultimately earned her law degree from the west

John Rockefeller

1:11:17 to 1:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: virginia university college of law. rather than seeking -- which would make some sense, in view of what she had been through -- rather than seek ago high-paying job in a corporate law firms, which would have been hers just for the asking, so to speak, she decided to do what's natural to her, which is to give back to

John Rockefeller

1:11:41 to 1:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: her community, to her state by devoting her entire 30-year legal career t fellow west virginians. in so doing, she's gained profound experience at nearly every level of our judicial system. she began her career as a legal aide attorney protecting the

John Rockefeller

1:12:02 to 1:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: rights of our state's most vulnerable citizens and then kept our communities safe by serving for 12 prosecuting attorney in canaugh county, west virginia, which is the county that i live n she was go on to serving briefly as an snarnts u.s. attorney forhe southern district of west rginia before being appointed

John Rockefeller

1:12:24 to 1:12:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to fill a vacancy as a circuit judge for the 13th judicial circuit of west virginia, a position years. as an attorney and a jurist, judge berger's hard work and determination have earn the her the unqualified respect of all of her peers, federal judges, everybody -- everybody has

John Rockefeller

1:12:45 to 1:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: written in saying this is the best person. after her initial appointment to the circuit court, the voters of canaugh county, west virginia -- that was part of obviously why that position in the court is different than the one she's now hopefully going to be voted into -- they voted three times to

John Rockefeller

1:13:06 to 1:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: keeper in that office because of her reputation a as an honest, thoughtful and skilled jurist. i think we all agree that the federal judicial system is important to our nation's vitality and there is absolutely no one i trust more than judge berger to faithfully and

John Rockefeller

1:13:28 to 1:13:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: skillfully serve in this roll. those are words but they are words that come from deep within me. the american people deserve know when they enter the courtroom that their judge is committed to justice and to equality, will treat them fairly and that is exactly the type of judge that irene berger is and will continue to be.

John Rockefeller

1:13:50 to 1:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: if we make that possible. she made that clear in her confirmation hearing by saying -- quote -- "i want to say very strongly that i will ensure that all parties are treated fairly and equally. they will be heard equally, be they rich or be they poor." close quote. judge berg s. has also remained

John Rockefeller

1:14:11 to 1:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: an integral part of our communit and i state with her uncommon wisdom and insiect, she assumed leadership positions within the court system and has been called and agreed to serve son a number of boards of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

John Rockefeller

1:14:32 to 1:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: she's a broad -- she's large in life in west virginia. i just have to say that. her honors and awards are many. and i almost hesitate to mention them because that's what everybody does. but it should be said tha the west virginia college of law

John Rockefeller

1:14:53 to 1:15:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: outstanding woman of law award, award,ywca woman of achievement, the american bar association foundation fellowship, west virginia's outstanding alumna and the naacp image awards for leadership, to name just a 2350u. but i'm prapped most impressed by judge berger's courage and determination and refusal to

John Rockefeller

1:15:15 to 1:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: back down from any challenge. she was one of the first students to integrate her local elementary school in mcdowell count. mcdowell county is the most southern county in west virginia, and in fact most of it

John Rockefeller

1:15:36 to 1:15:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: is south of richmond, virginia. and she is the first in her family to attend college. that can only be admirable. that can only talk about sacrifice and determination and a close family unit, family values. and she was the first as a circuit court judge in west virginia.

John Rockefeller

1:15:58 to 1:16:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: if confirmed today, she would, i proudly say, become the first african-american federal judge in the history of west virginia. granted, the history of west virginia is not as long as the history of new york, but it goes back to 18363, i would say to the presiding officer -- goes back to 1863, i would say to the presiding officer, and we're very proud of that.

John Rockefeller

1:16:19 to 1:16:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i would like to close by personally thanking judge berger and her family, her dedication to her country and state means so much to me. i really want to see her confirmed. i'm not a started as a vista volunteer,

John Rockefeller

1:16:40 to 1:17:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and i know a good person when i see one. her willingness to assume this important role speaks volumes about her character as a person and as a judge. i'd like to thank president obama for his leadership in nominating judge berger for this position. he could not have selected a more qualified person, and i can't wait for them to meet.

John Rockefeller

1:17:02 to 1:17:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and finally, i'd also like to thank majority leader reid, minority leader mcconnell, chairman leahy, ranking member sessions, and the whole judiciary committee for allowing us to move forward on this critical nomination by, i would have to say, a unanimous vote for forwarding her nomination. we can rest assured that judge

John Rockefeller

1:17:24 to 1:17:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: berger will serve with enormous honor and distinction just as her predecessor, the honorable david a. tpaeufrp served before her. i am proud and all west virginians deserve to be proud and are proud, even if they have no idea of what's going on right now as one of our own premier

John Rockefeller

1:17:45 to 1:18:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: legal minds and unwavering leaders continues to serve our na madam president, i yield the floor, and i ask unanimous consent that all quorum cls during the debate on the berger nomination be equally charged to both sides. the presiding officer: without objection.

John Rockefeller

1:18:07 to 1:18:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: mr. rockefeller: the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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