Senate Confirms Hobby Lobby Lawyer to Circuit Court

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Among the highlights of his extensive resume, Duncan was the lead attorney in Hobby Lobby’s David-and-Goliath religious freedom victory over the Obama administration at the Supreme Court.

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, said he has known Duncan for years due to their common Louisiana heritage. He also said that Duncan’s nomination is further evidence of Trump keeping his promises regarding the appointment of Constitution-honoring judges. “Kyle has shown himself to be one who can clearly defend and articulate the significance of our laws and Constitution,” Perkins said.

Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) was also pleased with Duncan’s confirmation. However, he expressed disappointment in Senate Democrats, many of whom were vigorous in their opposition to the nominee. “Their objection sounded a lot like a religious test (again). Someone who defends the right to live out your faith should not be controversial,” Lankford said in a tweet.

Duncan was approved by a 50-47 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote in support.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 27, 2018

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