Andy Oldham

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Andy Oldham
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Assumed office
July 19, 2018
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byEdward C. Prado
Personal details
Andrew Stephen Oldham

1978 (age 40–41)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
University of Cambridge (MPhil)
Harvard Law School (JD)

Andrew Stephen Oldham (born 1978)[1] is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and former General Counsel to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.


Oldham received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia with highest honors, a Truman Scholarship for graduate school, a Master of Philosophy, first class (with distinction), from the University of Cambridge, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2005.

Before entering private practice, Oldham served as a law clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Associate Justice Samuel Alito of the Supreme Court of the United States, where he was a co-clerk with Michael H. Park.[2] He also worked as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice from 2006 to 2008, as part of President George W. Bush's administration.[2]

He then served as an attorney at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick in Washington, D.C.[2] His practice focused on appellate litigation in federal courts of appeals throughout the country. Prior to that he served in the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas as Deputy Solicitor General, where he represented Texas in federal courts across the country.[3] In 2015, Oldham wrote an amicus curiae brief in support of Abbott's successful challenge of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order.[2]

Prior to becoming a judge, he served as General Counsel to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott,[3][4] where he advised the Governor on a range of issues under federal and state law and managed litigation in which the Governor is an interested party.[5] Abbott appointed Oldham to replace Jimmy Blacklock, who left to take a seat on the Supreme Court of Texas.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On February 12, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Oldham to an undetermined seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On February 15, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Oldham to the seat on the Fifth Circuit formerly held by Judge Edward C. Prado, who had been confirmed as the next United States Ambassador to Argentina.[3] On April 25, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[6] On May 24, 2018, his nomination was reported favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 11–10.[7] On July 17, 2018, the Senate voted 50–49 to invoke cloture on his nomination.[8] On July 18, 2018, his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 50–49.[9] He received his judicial commission on July 19, 2018.


He has been a member of the Federalist Society since 2002.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Andrew Oldham
  2. ^ a b c d Ryan, Tim. "Trump Nominates Nine for Judicial Seats, Including Four Appellate Slots", Courthouse News Service (Pasadena, California), February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Platoff, Emma. "Trump to nominate Abbott adviser Oldham to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals", Texas Tribune, February 12, 2018.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Eleventh Wave of Judicial Nominees" White House, February 12, 2018 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for April 25, 2018
  7. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – May 24, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee
  8. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress – 2nd Session". Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  9. ^ United States Senate Roll Call Vote 115th Congress – 2nd Session No. 160
  10. ^ "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved June 30, 2018.

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Edward C. Prado
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit