Norris confirmed for federal judgeship in Memphis

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R- Collierville) and Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) attend a hearing on open records exemptions in Nashville on Jan. 30, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm the long-delayed judicial nomination of state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. The Collierville Republican now heads to the federal court bench in Memphis. The confirmation vote was 51-44. The chamber also confirmed former federal prosecutor and FBI agent Eli Richardson to a federal judgeship in Nashville.

Here is some reaction to Norris’ confirmation:

I recommended Senator Norris to the president, and I strongly supported Mark’s nomination. He is respected by his peers around the country, having been elected chairman of the Council of State Governments, and has been an advocate and a champion for federalism and for the separation of powers. He is a citizen, a lawyer and a legislator. I have known him for many years — since I was the governor of Tennessee — and I am glad the Senate voted to confirm him today. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville).


“Mark Norris has long been a devoted public servant in Tennessee, and I am pleased he will continue to serve our state as a federal district court judge,” said Corker. “I am confident Mark will faithfully uphold the Constitution and serve West Tennesseans with integrity as he has throughout his terms in the state legislature. — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Chattanooga).


As our Senate Majority Leader, Mark has been an indispensable asset not just to the Senate but to state government as a whole. While we will all miss his keen mind, sound judgment and strong leadership in state government, we can take comfort in the fact our federal courts have gained an outstanding judge. — State Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge).


Congratulations to Mark Norris for being confirmed as a West Tennessee federal judge.  Mark’s many years of service have made him highly respected throughout the entire state of Tennessee, and I believe he will make an excellent addition to this court. — U.S. Rep. David Kustoff (R-Memphis).

6 Responses to Norris confirmed for federal judgeship in Memphis

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Another conservative goes to the federal court as a reward to those of us who unenthusiastically voted for President Trump. It now appears that the Republicans are set to pick up another two or three seats in the Senate so we can look forward to another two years of moving the judiciary to the right at an even faster pace.

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    cjmcd says:

    HOORAY !!!

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    James White says:

    Good that he us Out of the Legislature. He voted for and Pushed for an Article V Constitutional Convention. Good riddance.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Norris was the brains of that outfit.

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    Silence Dogood says:

    No doubt Norris is not as Conservative as we would like. Still an upgrade from the typical legislate from the bench scum nominated by Obama. Yay, President Trump making America great again one Federal Judge at a time. ??

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    Fritz says:

    Excellent legal and legislative mind. Judiciary’s gain. Legislature’s loss.

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