Supporting the Nomination of Charlotte Sweeney to Serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Remarks on the Senate floor.
I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about Charlotte Sweeney, who is President Biden’s nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
For Charlotte, equality under the law isn’t an abstraction — it’s her life’s work.
A native of Littleton, Colorado, Charlotte grew up hiking and skiing with her family on the Rocky Mountain trails within an hour of their home.
And today, she hits the same trails with the two most important people in her life: her teenagers Jordan and Addison.
As much as Charlotte loves our state, she also remembers a time when it wasn’t easy for LGBTQ Coloradans like herself to be open about who they were — especially, especially at work.
It was a time when, instead of leading the nation on equality as we are today, Colorado actually passed an amendment that blocked laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
I just want to pause by saying, you know, sometimes people say you can’t make progress. But when you see the way Colorado has made extraordinary progress, it reminds me that we should never give up and change is always possible.
And you know when the Colorado Supreme Court declared the amendment unconstitutional, Charlotte saw the power of law to tip the scales for or against equality — and she decided to spend the rest of her career on the side of equality.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Denver School of Law, she joined a small firm that focused on representing plaintiffs.
She rose to become a partner in just two years.
And just two years after that, she became a named partner of the firm.
Most people would’ve been content with that achievement.
But Charlotte being Charlotte, kept on going.
In 2008, she started her own firm to represent individuals in employment law cases.
And over the last 20 years, Charlotte has become one of Colorado’s top employment attorneys, representing federal, state, and private sector workers in virtually every area, aspect of employment law.
In one case, she represented her former law professors at the University of Denver who’d been paid less than their male colleagues for decades.
She obtained $2.6 million in relief for her clients, on top of their overdue pay raises.
Sadly, that outcome isn’t the norm in our country, where our justice system too often sides against workers, even when the facts of the case are actually on their side.
That is corrosive to the American people’s confidence in the rule of law, and it’s why we need more judges with Charlotte’s perspective.
Charlotte’s obvious credentials, her integrity, and her much-needed experience more than qualify her for this role, and it’s why I strongly support her nomination.
Mr. President, i confirmed, Charlotte would also become the first openly gay woman to serve as a federal judge west of the Mississippi — a powerful affirmation of America’s commitment to opportunity and equality for all, and something that is just long overdue
So I want to thank the Judiciary Committee for sending this exceptional nominee to the floor, and I urge members of both parties to give her a strong, bipartisan vote of confirmation.
And with that Mr. President, I thank you for your indulgence and your patience, and I yield the floor.