Texas Tribune: Under Trump, Texas’ foot soldiers became federal judges, securing a conservative stronghold in the courts

Texas Tribune

For decades, an increasingly powerful movement of conservative lawyers, born from the Texas Office of the Attorney General, had been shouldering its way into the federal judiciary, filing lawsuit after lawsuit in an attempt to slowly reshape the nation’s jurisprudence to its liking.

When Senate Republicans vetted judicial nominees, experience at the Texas attorney general’s office was a green flag, said Mike Davis, former chief counsel for nominations to Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican.

“It’s seen as very conservative,” Davis said. “They have very, very prestigious attorneys working in the Texas AG’s office. … They’ve been able to recruit top talent from around the country.”

The nominees from that office fit the party’s ideal of “young, constitutionalist judges who had courage,” Davis said.

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