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Know a Nominee: Eric Murphy to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Do you support or oppose Murphy's nomination?

by Countable | Updated on 3.7.19

(Updated 3/7/19): The Senate confirmed Eric Murphy to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on a 52-46 party-line vote.


The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Eric Murphy to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals soon. Here’s what you need to know about the nominee.

Who is he?

  • Eric E. Murphy, 39 (approximate), became the Solicitor General of Ohio under then-Attorney General Mike DeWine in 2013 and has served in the role since. While he’s been in the role, Ohio has joined states in lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
  • Murphy graduated with honors from the University Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk for both Judge Harvie Wilkinson III on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • He then joined the law firm of Jones Day and worked in its Issues and Appeals practice group, arguing cases in federal courts of appeal before becoming solicitor general

What’s the outlook for his confirmation?

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Murphy’s nomination on a party-line 12-10 vote on February 7, 2019, with Republicans voting in favor.
  • One of Murphy’s home state senators, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), has refused to signal his support for the nomination by returning a “blue slip”, but the Senate no longer allows the lack of a returned blue slip to block a judicial nomination.
  • Democrats took issue with arguments Murphy made in same-sex marriage and voting access cases during his confirmation hearings, in addition to his membership in the Federalist Society.
  • Murphy received a rating of “qualified” from a substantial majority of the American Bar Association’s review board and a “well qualified” rating from a minority of the panel.

What does it mean for the Sixth Circuit?

  • Murphy’s confirmation would fill a position on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that will become vacant when Judge Alice Batchelder assumes senior status once her successor is confirmed. His duty station would be in Medina, Ohio.
  • The Sixth Circuit has 16 judges ― of whom one was appointed by George H.W. Bush (Batchelder), three by Bill Clinton, six by George W. Bush, two by Barack Obama, and four by Donald Trump.

— Eric Revell

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    👍🏻👍🏻 Eric Murphy to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with AND support the Senate considering and confirming the nomination of Eric Murphy to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals soon. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻CONFIRM👍🏻👍🏻. 3*6*19.........

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  • James
    Voted Oppose
    03/07/2019
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    We need to stop politically hacking of the courts. It can’t lean one way or the other. The courts like churches need to remain separate from the political arena. Strip this man from any nominations to the courts

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  • Ingrid
    03/07/2019
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    To my Maine Senators: Please oppose the confirmation of this judge. His opposition to the Affordable Care Act provision of expanded health coverage by itself should be disqualifying, bu there are other positions he has taken as a judge that are equally partisan, and indicate a lack of judicial impartiality that is very concerning.

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  • Gopin2018
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    I fully support the confirmation of him to the sixth circuit court of appeals. #MAGA

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  • Mike
    Voted Oppose
    03/04/2019
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    If Senator Brown won’t vouch for a man working in Ohio, than I don’t see him as a viable judge

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  • Gregory
    03/07/2019
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    I support and urge you to confirm him without bias.

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  • James
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    If this bunch is against this nomination, I am all in for it.

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  • Marizzapan
    Voted Oppose
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I oppose vehemently any nomination put forth by corrupt, criminal trump/GOP. Period. The end. Amen. Eric Murphy does not have the people's best interest in mind. Examples are being against President Obama's Clean Power Plan; going against the ACA which would have thrown 30,000,000 people off their insurance. How is this having the people's best interest in mind? If anything, it shows a distinct bias against President Obama. Eric Murphy is partisan and biased. I reiterate: I do not support this nom.

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  • Daniel
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    Notice that Countable always has a majority voting opposite to the right and conservatives. They want a Socialist and Government controlled country. Support President Trump and put in as many Conservative judges and officials that you can. Time is of the essence.

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  • Susan
    Voted Support
    03/04/2019
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    1) Of course I support this nomination. Stop OBSTRUCTING NOMINATIONS & LET EVERYONE GET TO WORK ALREADY. AND 2) SECURE the BORDER!!! No Brainer BECAUSE I AM AWAKE & KNOW THAT OUR PAST PRESIDENTS SOLD OUT OUR COUNTRY LONG AGO TO INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES & CORPORATIONS. Thats Why They don't want Borders. #FactsMatter

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  • Carroll
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    He's highly qualified and is.on the right side of.our constitution.

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  • Bhuvanesh
    Voted Oppose
    03/04/2019
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    I oppose the nomination of Eric Murphy due to his involvement with lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Murphy is not qualified to be a nonpartisan judge.

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  • Thebluesman21
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    He is well qualified although I do not agree with him on all issues. That being said, opposing viewpoints and diverse viewpoints are healthy for the circuit.

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  • suzanneh2017
    Voted Oppose
    03/07/2019
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    Donald Trump, who is under investigation for fraud, criminal activity, collusion, should not be allowed to install any more judiciary. None!

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    I support Eric Murphy’s nomination to the Sixth Court of Appeals. Please support his nomination. Thank you.

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  • Paula
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    Yes,absolutely appoint

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  • Choky
    Voted Oppose
    03/07/2019
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    Eric Murphy shows to have a conflict of interest by being a member of the federalists society and helping out on voters suppression. I urge you to oppose his nomination.

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  • Theresa
    Voted Oppose
    03/07/2019
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    No

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  • Fred
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    Too many democrats using this. Need to get the word out to more conservatives "Countable"

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  • John
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    Seems qualified sounds like he has argued several cases in several courts

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  • Doug
    Voted Support
    03/07/2019
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    I support his nomination he seems well-qualified.

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