U.S. Congressman Ted Poe released the following statement regarding President Bush's nomination of John G. Roberts to the United States Supreme Court.

I applaud the President's diligent and thoughtful nomination of an exceptional individual -- John G. Roberts --to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Rep. Poe said. Judge Roberts possesses a respectable tradition of service as a jurist to our nation and I trust that my colleagues in the Senate from both sides of the aisle will converge to deliver a swift confirmation.

Since entering Congress in January, Judge Poe has emerged as a vocal representative on the House floor regarding recent Supreme Court decisions as well as the use of foreign court opinions in the interpretation of America's laws.

Congressman Poe served six-terms as a felony district court judge in Harris County, Texas before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a judge, Poe gained national attention for his innovative sentencing techniques in punishing criminals ranging from ordering thieves to carry signs in front of stores from which they stole to requiring a man who abused his wife to publicly apologize on the steps of Houston's City Hall.