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|Undergraduate:||Carleton College, B.A., 1988|
|Law School:||University of Kansas Law, J.D., 1993|
Federal judicial nomination
|Progress:||Returned 283 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||March 9, 2011|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||May 24, 2011|
|Returned:||December 17, 2011|
Six was nominated by President Obama on March 9, 2011, to fill a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Obama said of the nomination, "Steve Six has distinguished himself as a first-rate jurist with unflagging integrity and even-handedness. I am grateful for his service to the state of Kansas and look forward to adding his considerable wisdom and experience to the Tenth Circuit Court."
Six was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 24, 2011, and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.
Both Senators from Six's home state of Kansas announced that they would oppose the former Kansas Attorney General's nomination to the federal appellate court. Sen. Pat Roberts on June 15, 2011 said that he will not support the nomination, stating, “After thoroughly reviewing Mr. Six’s record and his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will not support his nomination to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. I have urged my colleagues on the committee to vote against his nomination.” Sen. Jerry Moran released a similar statement. Opposition to Six's nomination stems from criticisms from abortion opponents on his handling of abortion cases while serving as the Attorney General in Kansas. As a result, the committee during the June 17 meeting opted to hold Six's nomination over for further discussion.
Due to the opposition of both of his home state Senators, the Senate Judiciary Committee decided on July 28, 2011 that they would not take up Six's nomination. The committee's chairman, Patrick Leahy explained that the move was "in deference to the objections of the Kansas senators”.
Early life and education
- Law Clerk, Judge Deanell Tacha, Tenth Circuit, 1993-1994
- Litigation Associate, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, 1994-1998
- Partner, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, 1998-2005
- Judge, Kansas District Court, 2005-2008
- Attorney General of Kansas, 2008-2011
- Partner, Stevens & Brand, 2011-Present
- Stamford Advocate.com, "Committee to vote on Kansas appeals court nominee," June 7, 2011
- LJWorld.com, "Steve Six’s bid for appeals court remains in limbo," July 14, 2011
- White House Press Release "President Obama Nominates Steve Six to the United States Circuit Court," March 9, 2011
- Judicial Nomination Materials of the 112th Congress
- The Wichita Eagle, " Steve Six deserved better," July 29, 2011
- The Republic, "US Senate committee delays vote again on former Kansas AG Six's nomination to appeals court" 6/23/2011
- WIBW.com, "Kansas Senator Opposes Former AG's Judicial Nomination " 6/15/2011
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
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