Butterfield Statement on Nomination of Thomas Farr to Serve as District Judge for Eastern District of North Carolina

Jul 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:

“I’m disappointed that President Trump nominated a lawyer who has been at the forefront of defending the North Carolina Republican legislature as it has repeatedly engaged in political gerrymandering of state legislative and congressional district boundaries and has passed regressive voting laws that had the intended effect of diluting the voting rights of minority groups.

“The counties in the Eastern District have a substantial African American population, but the Court does not reflect that diversity.  The Court should include African American judges and this appointment simply maintains the status quo in a district with a large population of African American citizens.

“President Obama attempted to integrate this Court by nominating two African American females for this position, but their nominations were blocked by a Republican Senator. 

“I urge the United States Senate to carefully scrutinize the record of Thomas Farr and determine if he can impartially serve as a judge in cases involving voting and civil rights.”