When the new Congress convened, Obama resubmitted Graves’ nomination and Mississippi’s senators pressed hard for Judiciary Committee and full Senate action. Wicker in particular was active in lobbying Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and other colleagues to avoid further delay on Graves’ confirmation, and the vote finally came Monday.
Wicker has described Graves as possessing a “rich, diverse and distinguished background of public service” and as a “capable and diligent jurist” who had achieved widespread support in his home state. Cochran had also had strong public words of support.
A Clinton native, Graves graduated from Millsaps College and Syracuse University Law School and worked in non-profit, government and private law practice before becoming a Hinds County Circuit judge. He was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2001 by Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to an unexpired term and won election to a full term in 2004.
Graves merited Senate confirmation on his own merits, but Wicker and Cochran deserve credit for persistence in seeing that a deserving nominee was approved for a highly important judicial post – regardless of the nomination’s political origins.
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