U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) today introduced Judge Scott Rash to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as they consider his nomination for U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.
McSally’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the Judiciary Committee, thank you very much for allowing me this opportunity to introduce the committee to Judge Scott Rash who has been nominated to the district court for the District of Arizona.
Judge Rash currently serves with distinction on the Pima County Superior Court in my hometown of Tucson. Since he was appointed to the superior court in 2010, he has been on the civil bench, criminal bench, and the family law bench, where he currently serves as the presiding judge. Judge Rash has earned the respect of his colleagues on the court with his fairness, hard work, and willingness to take on difficult tasks. I know that he will be greatly missed on the superior court, but that court’s loss is the Arizona district court’s gain.
Judge Rash came to the superior court already with an impressive resume. He was a partner at Gabroy, Rollman & Bossé, a Tucson law firm, where he focused on civil litigation. Before his time in private practice, Judge Rash served as a criminal prosecutor in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. He is also a certified public accountant and worked in the forensic accounting field before attending law school. Judge Rash has been a terrific state court judge, and I am confident he will be an excellent federal court judge as well.
Judge Rash is joined today by his family, including his wife, Dr. Robin Rash, a family practice physician. His three children are in the middle of finals this week – I’m guessing this is a pretty stressful week for the whole Rash family — so they are unfortunately unable to be here in person. His parents, Raymond and Barbara Rash, are also here, as are his in-laws, Dr. Ralph and Angela Rohr, his brother- and sister-in-law Lt. Colonel Brad and Rachel Pitzer, and his nephew Jackson Pitzer. The committee should take note of the strong support from the in-laws.
I also want to welcome today Judge John Hinderaker, who serves with Judge Rash on the Pima County Superior Court. Like Judge Rash, Judge Hinderaker is widely respected by the Tucson legal community, and I am pleased to support his nomination to the district court for the District of Arizona.
In addition, I want to thank my colleague, Senator Sinema for working with me on filling these district court vacancies. Given the heavy caseloads faced by judges in the District of Arizona, the Grand Canyon state is in great need to bring the court up to full strength.
Again, I very much appreciate the opportunity to introduce Judge Rash to the Committee. I hope that the Committee will give Judge Rash’s and Judge Hinderaker’s nominations full and quick consideration so that they can be confirmed on the floor.
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