WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) released the following statements after the Senate confirmed Charles Eskridge to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. Upon his confirmation, just one federal judicial vacancy remains in Texas.
“I am grateful my colleagues have confirmed Charles Eskridge to serve on federal bench for the Southern District,” Sen. Cruz said. “Charles is the 20th Article III judge the Senate has confirmed to the bench in Texas. I have no doubt his remarkable intellect, professionalism, and commitment to the rule of law will serve Texans and all Americans well.”
“Throughout his impressive career, Charles has proven himself a seasoned litigator, capable of handling complex cases,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I have no doubt he will serve Texas well from the federal bench.”
The senators recommended this nominee to President Trump following an extensive review and interview process of the candidate pool by the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC). Sens. Cruz and Cornyn established the FJEC, a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas, to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill judicial vacancies. The panel reviewed applications, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations to the senators, who interviewed individuals before making their recommendations to the president.
Charles Eskridge is a Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in Houston, Texas, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he spent over two decades in the Houston, Texas, office of Susman Godfrey LLP. Mr. Eskridge is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching a course on the Origins of the Federal Constitution. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Eskridge served as a law clerk to Judge Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Eskridge earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from Trinity University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Eskridge served as an editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.