East Flat Rock native confirmed as judge on 4th Circuit Court of appeals

    Allison Jones Rushing. Photo credit: Williams & Connolly

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Flat Rock native, Alison Jones Rushing as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals.

    Allison Jones Rushing was nominated by President Donald Trump in August for the lifetime appointment. She was confirmed Tuesday by a vote along party lines.

    The 4th Circuit hears federal appeals from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

    Rushing is a partner at Williams & Connolly, a Washington law firm, and interned at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group. The group is known for the cases it has supported before the Supreme Court, including the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding and the Hobby Lobby ruling that allowed companies to opt out of covering contraceptives for their employees because of their religious beliefs.

    Republicans praised Rushing’s confirmation.

    “I want to thank my Senate colleagues for voting to confirm Allison Jones Rushing to be a United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Circuit,” said Senator Tillis. “Ms. Rushing is from East Flat Rock, North Carolina and after 11 years practicing law is considered one of the rising stars in the legal profession. I've had the opportunity to get to know Ms. Rushing through the nomination process and I know she's going to do a great job on the Fourth Circuit Court.”

    “I’m pleased the Senate has confirmed Allison Jones Rushing, a native North Carolinian and fellow Wake Forest graduate, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals,” said Senator Burr. “As a partner at Williams & Connelly, Ms. Rushing distinguished herself as an expert appellate lawyer, with an impressive record of pro bono work. Equally important, she has demonstrated the character and temperament that makes a fair and impartial judge. I want to congratulate Ms. Rushing on her confirmation, and am confident she will serve on the Fourth Circuit honorably.”

    Democrats and a coalition of more than 200 civil rights groups were strongly opposed.

    The Washington Post reported that in a letter to senators, the coalition described Rushing as an unqualified “ideological extremist.”

    She defended the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. She said she supported the four conservative justices who dissented when the Supreme Court struck down the ruling in 2015.

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