Hagedorn, Emmer Advocate Judge Stras’ Nomination to SCOTUS

August 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Tom Emmer (MN-06) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate Judge David R. Stras to fill any future vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Stras currently serves as Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit after being nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2018. Previously, he was an Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

"As a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, it is no surprise that he has written several scholarly and principled opinions consistently applying the text and the original meaning of the constitutional and statutory texts. Judge Stras has a strong record upholding individual rights, including free speech and religious liberty.

"We believe Judge Stras is uniquely qualified for the Supreme Court because, in addition to his outstanding qualifications for this position, Judge Stras has a reputation in Minnesota and throughout the country as intellectually rigorous, fair-minded, and faithful to the law as written. We are confident that nominating Judge Stras to the Supreme Court would further cement your legacy of appointing strong originalist judges and preserving the rule of law,” the lawmakers wrote.

A copy of the full letter is attached.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.