Texans For A Fair Judiciary Applauds Activists For Guaderrama, Costa Confirmation
The United States Senate confirmed Gregg Jeffrey Costa and David Campos Guaderrama to be United States District Judges today, ending 2 of Texas’ 5 judicial emergencies in the federal district courts. Their confirmation comes after months of advocacy from Texans for a Fair Judiciary, a coalition of 10 Texas nonprofits working to fill emergency vacancies in Texas’ federal district courts.
Today’s confirmation marks the 2nd and 3rd emergency judicial vacancy in Texas to have been filled since Texans for a Fair Judiciary began its advocacy work. Over 5,000 Texans have contacted Senators Cornyn and Hutchison to fight for Texas and end the emergency vacancies in Texas.
Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Progress Texas, issued this statement following today’s vote:
“Today’s confirmation of these two highly qualified, noncontroversial judges shows how sustained and determined grassroots advocacy can break through the partisan gridlock in Washington, DC and deliver real victories for the people of Texas. We strongly applaud their confirmation.
“The confirmation of Costa and Guaderrama took too long and denied justice for too many in Texas. Our great state is still being hurt with three judicial emergencies in its district courts, and another judicial emergency in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. It’s time to restore justice to Texas and stop the political obstruction that compromises our judiciary. We will continue to work until Senators Hutchison and Cornyn do everything they can to end the crises in our Texas courts.”
Gregg Jeffrey Costa will fill a 685-day vacancy in the Southern District of Texas, while David Campos Guaderrama will fill a vacancy in the Western District of Texas that has lasted over three years. With the confirmation of Costa and Guaderrama and a newly designated emergency in California, the state of California now has the most judicial emergencies in the country, followed by Texas.