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White House announces 3 federal judge nominees in Georgia
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Three Georgians are among 11 intended federal judge nominees announced by the White House.

Tapped Thursday to serve on the bench for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District are: Michael Lawrence Brown, a former federal prosecutor in both Georgia and Florida and now a partner in the Atlanta office of law firm Alston & Bird; and William “Billy” McCrary Ray II, the presiding judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

“The president has nominated three outstanding Georgians, and I look forward to working with them as they go through the confirmation process in the Senate,” Sen. Johnny Isakson said in a news release.

Ray was previously a Superior Court judge in the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and a state senator.

The Northern District of Georgia covers 46 counties, with one division in Gainesville. Hall County is included in this district.

Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III was selected to serve in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District.

Self has served on the Georgia Court of Appeals since Jan. 1 and was previously a Superior Court judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit.

“President Trump nominated an impressive and qualified group of individuals to fill the vacant federal judgeships in the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia. I look forward to meeting with Mike Brown, William Ray and Tripp Self as they go through the Senate confirmation process,” Sen. David Perdue said in a news release.

Staff writer Nick Watson contributed to this report.

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