They Spoke Out Against Michael Boggs

We lead a winning public campaign that stopped the confirmation of Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs to the federal district court.

During the course of this tremendous campaign, more than 40,000 NARAL Pro-Choice America members, joined by more than 40 other progressive advocacy organizations and their own chorus of voices, called and emailed their senators. Our unified opposition resulted in 12 senators and many House members expressing serious reservations about Michael Boggs' capacity to rule fairly and impartially on our civil rights and fundamental freedoms, effectively halting the progress of his nomination.

We are grateful to every member of Congress who spoke out against Michael Boggs.

U.S. Senators

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

"I’m going to oppose him….He’s a person who’s not — in my opinion — in the mainstream, and I don’t think he deserves to be a federal judge."

Politico

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

"I’m going to oppose him….He’s a person who’s not — in my opinion — in the mainstream, and I don’t think he deserves to be a federal judge."

Politico

Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Tammy Baldwin

"After careful consideration of this nomination for a lifetime appointment to the bench, I cannot support the confirmation of Judge Michael Boggs to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Tammy Baldwin

"After careful consideration of this nomination for a lifetime appointment to the bench, I cannot support the confirmation of Judge Michael Boggs to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Mark Begich

Sen. Mark Begich

Sen. Mark Begich

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

"I must oppose Judge Boggs' nomination... My feeling is Judge Boggs took positions that don't respect key, established rights protecting women, LGBT and racial minorities."

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal

"I must oppose Judge Boggs' nomination... My feeling is Judge Boggs took positions that don't respect key, established rights protecting women, LGBT and racial minorities."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer

"I share the deep concerns expressed by my colleagues about the nominee's record on civil rights and women's health."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Barbara Boxer

"I share the deep concerns expressed by my colleagues about the nominee's record on civil rights and women's health."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin

"I saw [Lewis's] statement. I have not spoken with him personally. His statement was very clear. I said to my colleagues from Georgia, and I said publicly afterward, that I have one phone call that was critical to my decision and that was to John Lewis of Georgia. And he was opposed to Mr. Boggs and I'm going to be voting no for the reasons that he articulated."

National Journal

Sen. Dick Durbin

"I saw [Lewis's] statement. I have not spoken with him personally. His statement was very clear. I said to my colleagues from Georgia, and I said publicly afterward, that I have one phone call that was critical to my decision and that was to John Lewis of Georgia. And he was opposed to Mr. Boggs and I'm going to be voting no for the reasons that he articulated."

National Journal

Sen. Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken

"After careful consideration of Judge Michael Boggs, I have decided to vote against his nomination to be a federal judge... His record on civil rights, women's health, and LGBT equality is regrettable, and I was not satisfied with the answers he gave during his confirmation hearing."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Al Franken

"After careful consideration of Judge Michael Boggs, I have decided to vote against his nomination to be a federal judge... His record on civil rights, women's health, and LGBT equality is regrettable, and I was not satisfied with the answers he gave during his confirmation hearing."

The Huffington Post

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Chuck Schumer

Sen. Chuck Schumer

"When asked why he is opposing Boggs, Schumer replied, 'First, his stand on choice. But second, even though it was in his past, to do what he did with the Confederate flag... I don't think someone should be on the federal bench who did that.'"

The Huffington Post

Sen. Chuck Schumer

"When asked why he is opposing Boggs, Schumer replied, 'First, his stand on choice. But second, even though it was in his past, to do what he did with the Confederate flag... I don't think someone should be on the federal bench who did that.'"

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Sen. Debbie Stabenow

"The standards for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench are very high. Based on what I know right now, I do not believe this nominee meets those standards, and I cannot support his nomination."

The Huffington Post

Sen. Debbie Stabenow

"The standards for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench are very high. Based on what I know right now, I do not believe this nominee meets those standards, and I cannot support his nomination."

The Huffington Post

Sen. John Walsh

Sen. John Walsh

Sen. John Walsh


U.S. Representatives

Congressional Black Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Hank Johnson

Rep. Hank Johnson

"It's not good for [Obama’s] legacy insofar as judicial appointments in Georgia are concerned."

The Hill

Rep. Hank Johnson

"It's not good for [Obama’s] legacy insofar as judicial appointments in Georgia are concerned."

The Hill

Rep. John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis

"Based on the evidence revealed during this hearing, I do not support the confirmation of Michael Boggs to the federal bench. His record is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career, and his misrepresentation of that record to the committee is even more troubling. The testimony suggests Boggs may allow his personal political leanings to influence his impartiality on the bench. I do not have a vote in the Senate, but if I did I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs."

The Huffington Post

Rep. John Lewis

"Based on the evidence revealed during this hearing, I do not support the confirmation of Michael Boggs to the federal bench. His record is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career, and his misrepresentation of that record to the committee is even more troubling. The testimony suggests Boggs may allow his personal political leanings to influence his impartiality on the bench. I do not have a vote in the Senate, but if I did I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs."

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Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep. David Scott

Rep. David Scott

"I'm as surprised and outraged as you are to be fighting an anti-civil rights, anti-choice, anti-marriage equality nominee put forward by Obama's White House to serve on the federal bench in my home state in Georgia. If we don't stop Michael Boggs, he'll be on the court for his entire lifetime."

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Rep. David Scott

"I'm as surprised and outraged as you are to be fighting an anti-civil rights, anti-choice, anti-marriage equality nominee put forward by Obama's White House to serve on the federal bench in my home state in Georgia. If we don't stop Michael Boggs, he'll be on the court for his entire lifetime."

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News & Updates

Outcome on Boggs' Is a Victory for Progressives

We've been fighting all year to stop Michael Boggs from being confirmed to the federal courts. When the Senate adjourned, we won.

The Journey to Stop Boggs

When we launched our campaign against Michael Boggs' nomination, we knew it would be an uphill battle. But we couldn't stay on the sidelines. See how this pro-choice victory played out.

Victory! Michael Boggs' Nomination Blocked

The Senate adjourned without advancing judicial nominee Michael Boggs to a vote. Senators heard loud and clear the unified voices calling for a federal bench that puts constitutional rights above personal ideology.

Boggs' Nomination Could Be Revived

The switch in Senate power from Democrat to Republican could could lead to Michael Boggs being approved for the federal courts.

Sen. Leahy Calls for Boggs to Withdraw

The New York Times reported Sen. Patrick Leahy said anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs doesn't have enough votes to pass committee and should withdraw his nomination. We echo Sen. Leahy's call for Boggs to withdraw.