Last week I had the privilege to attend the investiture of Stephen J. Murphy, III. After years of waiting, he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate to the federal court of the Eastern District of Michigan. Stephen has been my friend for several years. More importantly, he has been a superb community leader, as an assistant US Attorney, corporate counsel for General Motors, and most recently as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
He will bring to the Court the temperment, professionalism, and scholarly approach that this important position demands. He will ensure that the law is interpreted as written, and applied fairly.
A tribute to his qualifications is that his nomination was supported by Michigan's two Democrat US Senators. At his investiture, he had a bi-partisan slate of esteemed speakers, including Senator Carl Levin (D), Governor Jennifer Granholm (D), Congressman Mike Rogers (R), and former Attorney General for the United States Peter Keisler (R).
Stephen, make us proud!