Gov. Engler and Members of Michigan Congressional Delegation Announce Western District Committee to Aid President Bush in Filling Judicial Appointments

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Governor John Engler and members of Michigan's Republican congressional delegation today released names of those selected to assist President George W. Bush's administration in filling judicial appointments for the Western District Court, which serves Michigan residents.

Newly appointed members of the Western District Court Committee will review qualified applicants for the positions of U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal and Federal District Judge.

Congressmen Fred Upton, (R- St. Joseph) senior member of the Michigan delegation; Dave Camp, (R- Midland) Peter Hoekstra, (R- Holland) Joseph Knollenberg, (R- Bloomfield Hills) Nick Smith, (R- Addison) Vernon Ehlers, (R-Grand Rapids) and Mike Rogers, (R- Brighton), along with Engler, have tapped experts in Michigan's judicial and law enforcement communities to serve on the Western District Committee, as well as the Eastern District Committee.

Steven Heacock, general counsel of Priority Health in Grand Rapids and chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, will chair the Western District Committee.

Carol Hustoles, general counsel to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, will serve as vice chair.

Other people from across the state who were appointed to the Western District Committee, include:

  • John W. Allen of Kalamazoo
  • Neal Brady of Hillsdale
  • Allen Byam of Battle Creek
  • William Danhof of Lansing
  • Douglas Dozeman of Grand Rapids
  • Kevin Even of Muskegon
  • Bill Forsyth of Grand Rapids
  • James Gregart of Kalamazoo
  • Richard Kay of Grand Rapids
  • Marie Martell of Lansing
  • David Marvin of Lansing
  • Richard McLellan of Lansing
  • William Noakes of Grand Rapids
  • David Porteous of Reed City
  • Harold Schuitmaker of Paw Paw
  • Star Swift of Grand Rapids
  • Lucille Taylor of Lansing
  • Sen. William Van Regenmorter of Georgetown Township
  • Jim Westin of Kalamazoo

Committee members will rate judicial applicants as part of a process through which the governor and congressional delegation will make final recommendations to the Bush administration.