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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune tonight said he is pleased to see President Bush nominate a well-qualified judge who would strictly interpret the Constitution and called on his colleagues to give Judge John G. Roberts a fair and timely confirmation hearing:

“Judge Roberts is a distinguished and intelligent judge who will strictly interpret the law. President Bush is to be applauded for consulting with the Senate and then nominating a mainstream conservative judge. The President has performed his Constitutional responsibility with deliberation, thoughtfulness and respect – now the Senate must do the same. Only two years ago, the Senate confirmed Judge Roberts by unanimous consent and I expect he will be easily confirmed again.”

Judge Roberts received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1976, his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979, and upon graduation became law clerk for the Hon. Henry Friendly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1979-1980. He then worked as law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice William Rehnquist, 1980-1981; Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981-1982; Associate Counsel to the President, White House Counsel's Office, 1982-1986; private practice of law in Washington, DC, 1986-1989, 1993-2003; and served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1989-1993.