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Editorial: Hometown pride

May 21, 2013

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Congratulations to Lawrence High School graduate Sri Srinivasan, whose nomination for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday unanimously sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed to the full Senate.

Srinivasan is a valedictorian of his LHS class and a Stanford University graduate. He’s presently the principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, but he worked in President George Bush’s solicitor general’s office for five years.

The court to which Srinivasan is nominated hears most challenges to presidential actions and is considered one of the nation’s most important. Speculation is that it puts Srinivasan in line for consideration for an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, when a vacancy occurs.

Srinivasan was born in India, but grew up in Lawrence after moving here with his parents, T.P. and Saroja Srinivasan. His father is a former Kansas University math professor. While in high school he was a point guard on the basketball team that also featured a well-known teammate: Danny Manning. Srinija Srinivasan, the nominee’s sister, also has had a distinguished career; she’s a former Yahoo! executive who was the fifth person hired by that company.

Congratulations! Lawrence certainly is proud of this family and its accomplished children.

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