Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding renowned voting rights lawyer Dale Ho, President Biden’s nominee to be a District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. Senator Schumer recommended the nomination of Mr. Ho to President Biden. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Earlier today I had the honor to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to introduce a remarkable candidate to sit on the federal bench: Dale Ho, whom I proudly recommended to President Biden as a nominee to the District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Ho is a graduate of Princeton, Yale Law School, clerked for two judges, including in the same district court for which he has now been nominated.
But it has been his experience at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and at the ACLU—where he currently serves as the Director of the Voting Rights Project—where Mr. Ho has set himself apart as one of the best election and voting rights lawyers in America.
He has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In one, he challenged the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the population count used to apportion the House of Representatives. In the other, which made the front pages of most newspapers in America, he successfully challenged the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
And beyond his cases before the Supreme Court, he also led the successful challenge of a Kansas law requiring people to show a birth certificate or passport when registering to vote.
As voting rights come under assault across the country, it is only fitting that we elevate one of the country’s top voting rights experts to sit on the bench, to safeguard our democracy and preserve our most fundamental right as US Citizens.
Voting rights are in jeopardy. There could be no finer person on the bench than Dale Ho, one of the great experts in America at both understanding and litigating voting rights for the people. If confirmed, I have no doubt he will make an excellent federal judge and I am proud to support his nomination.