Sep 19 2013
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on the President’s nomination today of four Arizonans – Magistrate Judge Steven Paul Logan of Phoenix, Ms. Diane Joyce Humetewa of Phoenix, Mr. John Joseph Tuchi of Phoenix, and Judge Douglas Rayes of Scottsdale – to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. These nominees join Rosemary Marquez of Tucson for Senate consideration. The six current vacancies in the Arizona District Court account for nearly 9 percent of the nation’s vacant district court judgeships.
“The nominees to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona have demonstrated devotion to public service and commitment to justice, and I believe they are uniquely qualified to address the legal issues facing our state. The recent judicial vacancies in Arizona have created an unsustainable situation for the Court and are a serious impediment to the administration of justice for the people of Arizona. The need to fill these vacancies is critical as the District of Arizona ranks as one of the top ten busiest district courts in the country. I urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider these five very capable nominees as soon as possible and allow the full Senate to swiftly confirm them as the district court judges for the District of Arizona.”