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Cornyn, Cruz on Senate Confirmation of Jeremy Kernodle as U.S. District Judge in Tyler
News Release
Friday, October 12, 2018

WASHINGTON --  U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday released the following statements after the Senate approved the nomination of Jeremy Kernodle to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler:

“Jeremy Kernodle is a top litigator and will bring a tremendous record of experience and professionalism to the Eastern District of Texas,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I thank my colleagues for their support of his confirmation, and I look forward to getting him seated on the Court as quickly as possible.”

"I was proud to recommend Jeremy Kernodle to President Trump to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am glad the Senate voted today to confirm Jeremy and I am confident he will serve the people of East Texas well as a principled judge on the federal bench."

The Senators recommended this nominee to President Trump following an extensive review and interview process of the candidate pool by the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC).  Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Cruz 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.

Jeremy Kernodle is currently a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he founded and chairs the firm’s False Claims Act practice group and focuses on representing healthcare providers and government contractors in Federal courts throughout the country.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Kernodle served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice.  Before that, Mr. Kernodle was an associate at Covington and Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on complex commercial and appellate litigation.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Kernodle served as a law clerk to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Kernodle earned his B.A. and B.B.A., both summa cum laude, from Harding University, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he graduated first in his class.

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