Press Release

November 9, 2009

Washington, DC –
U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and
Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded today’s 72-16 Senate vote confirming Judge Andre M. Davis to the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Davis will be sworn into his position on the bench in the coming weeks.
“Judge Andre Davis is an exceptional jurist with a clear appreciation for the Constitution and a demonstrated commitment to protect civil rights and civil liberties. He will be an asset to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and a source of pride to all Marylanders,”
said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
who chaired Judge Davis’ confirmation hearing in April. “Born and raised in Baltimore and a fellow University of Maryland Law School alumnus, I am proud that we have voted to confirm Judge Davis to this seat, finally clearing the logjam that has kept him from filling the vacancy left by Judge Francis Murnaghan’s death nearly 10 years ago.”
Senator Cardin’s prepared floor remarks are available at:

 “In Judge Davis we finally have a nominee worthy to fill this seat,” said
Senator Mikulski, who in her role as the senior Senator from Maryland recommended Judge Davis to President Obama for the seat. “Judge Davis is a man of keen intellect, sound judicial experience and temperament, and great integrity. He has diverse and deep roots in the Maryland community. I was proud to recommend Judge Davis to the President.”
Senator Mikulski’s full statement as prepared for delivery on the Senate floor can be found at
The seat Judge Davis will occupy on the Fourth Circuit has been vacant since the passing of Judge Francis D. Murnaghan in 2000.
Judge Davis was born and raised in Baltimore. He received his
juris doctorate with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. Upon graduation, Judge Davis clerked for Judge Frank A. Kaufman on the U.S. District Court in Baltimore and Judge Murnaghan on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Davis has had a distinguished legal career as prosecutor and an academic. In 1995, President Clinton nominated Davis to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge and the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Davis to the bench. In 2000, President Clinton nominated Judge Davis to replace Judge Murnaghan on Fourth Circuit, but the Republican-controlled Senate did not move the nomination. Under President Bush, he was not renominated.