Confirmation hearing for Kirsch set for today

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana Thomas Kirsch II is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday as he begins the confirmation process to fill the vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals created by the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The White House announced Oct. 21 its intention to nominate Kirsch for the seat on the appellate court. The nomination was sent to the Senate on Monday and Kirsch, along with four other nominees for the federal bench, is on the agenda for today’s judiciary committee hearing, which begins at 10 a.m.

In a statement released Oct. 27, Indiana Republican Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun announced their support of Kirsch’s nomination.

“Thomas Kirsch has devoted his life to the pursuit of justice,” the senators said in their statement. “As U.S. Attorney, he fearlessly took on public corruption, gang violence, and terrorist activity, and he served honorably in the U.S. Department of Justice for more than a decade.”

A native of Hammond, Kirsch earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1999. If he is confirmed to the 7th Circuit, he will fill the seat that was once occupied by Judge John Tinder. Kirsch clerked for Tinder in 2000-2001 when the judge was seated on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

The Trump Administration nominated Kirsch to serve as a U.S. Attorney in July 2017. Kirsch was approved by the judiciary committee and confirmed by the Senate on a voice vote in October 2017.

Young and Braun hope Kirsch’s path to the appellate bench will be equally as smooth.

“We fully support Mr. Krisch’s nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and look forward to a swift confirmation process,” the senators said.

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