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Federal judicial nomination hearing scheduled Tuesday for former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six

May 23, 2011, 12:24 p.m. Updated May 23, 2011, 1:47 p.m.


Lawrence attorney and former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is scheduled to face questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members Tuesday afternoon in Washington about his nomination to the federal appellate bench.

According to the committee’s confirmation hearing schedule, Six’s hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Central time Tuesday in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The committee has a webcast of its hearings available on its website.

President Barack Obama nominated Six, a Democrat, in March to serve on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to replace another Lawrence resident — Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, who was named Pepperdine University’s law school dean and scheduled to start at the California school June 1. Six would need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Six, who grew up in Lawrence and earned a Kansas University law degree, last November lost his attorney general re-election bid to Derek Schmidt, and he has been working since January as a partner at the Lawrence firm Stevens & Brand. Then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Six in January 2008 to serve as the state’s attorney general after Paul Morrison resigned amid a sex scandal.

Before that Six was a Douglas County district judge from 2005 to 2008.

Neither of Kansas’ two U.S. senators, Republicans Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, serve on the judiciary committee.

Moran, also a KU law school graduate, said Monday the hearing is the first step in the nomination process. The senator, who was in Lawrence for a talk with constituents, said he hadn’t decided whether to support Six’s nomination.

“I assume at some point in time Judge Six and I will have a conversation,” Moran said.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is based in Denver, and its judges hear appeals in federal cases that originate in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.


Steve Jacob 6 years, 12 months ago

" he hadn’t decided whether to support Six’s nomination"

What! A former A.G. from Kansas, he better get supported by Roberts and Moran. Of course Obama is going to select a democrat, so that should not be an issue.

WilburM 6 years, 12 months ago

Pretty typical, waffling (chicken-sh**) response from Senator Moran. Six is a moderate of the first order; scarcely a difficult vote for a GOP senator.

ksndn 6 years, 12 months ago

His son, Sam, is my daughter's classmate. So no matter, good luck Steve.

TNPlates 6 years, 12 months ago

Great guy and family. Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative - Steve is a family values guy by anyone's definition (single issue litmus test voters excluded, perhaps). I would hope our Kansas Senators would support this Kansas judge. He'll make us proud.

Jimo 6 years, 12 months ago

Note to Moran and Roberts:

This seat on the 10th Circuit is a traditional "Kansas" seat - one of two. Nothing says that it must remain so, however. With shifting populations, both Oklahoma and Colorado could use more representation on the court. Should Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumb not manage to "decide whether to support" Six, I'm sure a new nominee from outside Kansas can be found that would have enthusiastic local backing.

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