Inhofe Statement for the Nomination Hearing of Mitchell, Palk to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

WASHINGTON  — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today submitted for the record the following statement in the Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing of Judge Suzanne Mitchell and Judge Scott Palk to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma:

As submitted to the record:

Chairman Lee, thank you for the opportunity to introduce my support for the two nominees from my home state of Oklahoma.  Both Judge Suzanne Mitchell and Scott Palk have been nominated to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Judge Suzanne Mitchell has served the Western District of Oklahoma for the past six years – first, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appellate Division and then as a magistrate judge since 2013.  Having served the Western District in these capacities combined with her time spent in private practice and as a clerk for former Judge Robert H. Henry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Judge Mitchell is very qualified for the position of U.S. District Judge.

Her experience with all aspects of the courtroom provides her with the unique perspective and skill set to be an impartial judge that upholds the rule of law.  Since the announcement of her nomination, I have been contacted by several people from Oklahoma that support her and have praised her abilities and demeanor on the bench. I have no doubt she will continue to serve Oklahoma and our nation with honor.

Scott Palk serves as an assistant dean and assistant general counsel at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  Mr. Palk is also an experienced prosecutor, with a decade of service as an Assistant District Attorney for Cleveland County and nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division for the Western District of Oklahoma, where he held a number of roles, including Deputy Criminal Chief and Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator.

Former Senator and current Oklahoma University President, David Boren praised Mr. Palk by saying he’d “make an excellent judge” who would be “balanced and fair in his approach” and has “an excellent reputation for complete honesty and integrity.” I think we can all agree that these are the characteristics that will serve the Western District of Oklahoma and our nation well.

Mr. Chairman, I thank you for the opportunity to introduce these two great Oklahomans and voice my support for their nominations.

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