Senator David Perdue Introduces Georgia Federal Judge Nominees in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) introduced President Trump’s nominees for two judicial vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, William M. “Billy” Ray, II, of Grayson, Georgia, and Michael L. Brown, of Atlanta, Georgia, in their Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.

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“It is my high honor to be here today to introduce two outstanding individuals who have been nominated by President Trump to fill two judicial vacancies in the Northern District of Georgia – Mr. Mike Brown and Judge Billy Ray. I will be brief and echo what the senior senator from Georgia has just done to introduce these two fine men. Both of these gentlemen have served my state well in various positions throughout the course of their careers.

After graduating with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1994, Mike went on to clerk for Judge J.L. Edmondson on the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit. He served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Northern District of Georgia and the Southern District Florida, where he tried more than two dozen cases. His career has included stints at two of Atlanta’s most respected law firms – King & Spalding and Alston & Bird, where he currently serves as co-chair of the Government and Internal Investigations Team.

Judge Ray graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law with honors in 1990 and began his legal career as a trial attorney in private practice in Lawrenceville, Georgia. In 1996, Judge Ray won a seat in the Georgia State Senate where he served with distinction for six years. After being appointed by former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes to fill an unexpired term for a Superior Court judgeship in Gwinnett County in 2002, Judge Ray went on to serve in that position for 10 years and was the Presiding Judge for one of our state’s first treatment courts. Judge Ray currently sits on the Court of Appeals of Georgia where he has served since 2012.

I’m proud to support both of these impressive nominees without reservation and applaud the President for his selection of two such qualified and well-regarded Georgians to fill these seats on the federal bench in my state. This is a high honor to introduce both of these candidates from Georgia.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.