WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced Edward L. Stanton III at a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing. Stanton, of Memphis, has been nominated to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. The nomination must pass the committee before being considered by the full Senate. A date for a committee vote has not yet been set.

Click here for video of Corker’s introduction. A transcript follows.

“I want to thank you for allowing this hearing to take place today. It’s my pleasure to introduce Edward Stanton III, nominee for the U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. I am very pleased to welcome him and those who are supporting him. I know he has his family [here] – a young daughter and son, his wife, his parents and others are here, and I welcome them. I know many people back home are very proud of this nomination and also looking on.

“He’s a lifelong member of the Memphis community. Mr. Stanton attended the University of Memphis where he received his law degree in 2010. The Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Stanton to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, where he is currently serving today. He’s done that in a very distinguished manner. I was very proud to support him then. I want to recognize his particular interest as U.S. attorney in dealing with human trafficking – something that I know all of us care deeply about – and ending modern day slavery, which affects more than 27 million people worldwide. He’s thrown himself into that, among other issues, and I deeply appreciate that.

“Throughout his legal career, Mr. Stanton has distinguished himself not only as a talented attorney, but for his leadership in the Memphis community. I know all of us look for that. We look for a lifetime of service. We know these are lifetime commitments that are made and we appreciate, I appreciate his service to the community.

“He has assured me that he will impartially enforce the rule of law as a federal judge and will continue to give his best to the people of Tennessee. I want to congratulate him, his family and the administration for nominating such a qualified person. I hope that he will be confirmed very, very soon. Thank you for this time today to talk about him.”