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Paulsen Statement on the Nominations of Eric Tostrud, Nancy Brasel to U.S. District Court of Minnesota

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding the administration’s announcement of two nominees as District Judges to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Minneapolis attorney and law professor Eric Tostrud and Hennepin County District Judge Nancy Brasel:

“Minnesotans will be reassured that they will be represented by two sound, reasoned, and experienced legal minds on the federal bench,” said Congressman Paulsen.

“Eric Tostrud’s temperament, intelligence, and firm grasp and expertise on a wide range of complex issues will make him an exceptional judge,” according to Paulsen. “Judge Nancy Brasel’s experience as a federal prosecutor and Hennepin County District Court judge will serve her well in her new role.”

Tostrud, a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, clerked for Judge George E. MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Judge Edward J. Devitt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. He is currently a full-time faculty member at Mitchell Hamline School of Law as the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, teaching federal jurisdiction and federal-court procedure. He is also Of Counsel with Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., where during his 26 years with the firm, he has maintained a complex commercial litigation practice almost exclusively in federal court, with emphasis in the areas of insurance coverage, health care litigation, and ERISA.

Judge Brasel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, served as a law clerk to Judge Donald P. Lay, a Minnesota-based judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She would later serve as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota from 2008 to 2011, specializing in fraud and public corruption and prosecuting more than 80 defendants for narcotics, firearms, and financial crimes. She was appointed as a Minnesota State District Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District by Governor Mark Dayton in 2011. She was elected to the position in 2012 with more than 98 percent of the vote.

Congressman Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, chairs the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.

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