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Steve Six

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Steve Six
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Personal History
Undergraduate:   Carleton College, B.A., 1988
Law School:   University of Kansas Law, J.D., 1993
Steve Six was nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on March 9, 2011, but the nomination process was stopped by objections from the two Kansas Senators. The nomination was returned on December 17, 2011.[1][2][3]

Federal judicial nomination

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Steve Six
 Court:Tenth Circuit
 Progress:Returned 283 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:March 9, 2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:May 24, 2011
DefeatedDReturned: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."[1]

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.[4][5]

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”.[3]

Six's nomination was returned to the president on December 17, 2011.[6]

Early life and education

Six attended Carleton College and graduated with a B.A. in 1988 and received his J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law in 1993.[1]

Professional career

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