Merkley Statement on Hunsaker Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley today released the following statement on the nomination of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Danielle Hunsaker to a vacant seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Senate vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Judge Hunsaker, and have received some positive references about her work. I believe, however, that a lifetime appointment to these critically important circuit court positions should be reserved for individuals with more extensive experience to draw upon. I appreciate Judge Hunsaker’s service on the state trial court bench in Washington County, but will not vote to confirm her at this time.”