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Monday, March 5, 2018

Isakson Praises Confirmation of Judge Self to U.S. District Court

Judge 'Tripp' Self of Macon to serve Middle District of Georgia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised the confirmation of Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self, III, of Macon, Ga., to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Self was confirmed by a Senate vote of 85-11.

Isakson spoke on the Senate floor prior to today’s vote urging his colleagues to support Self’s nomination.

During his remarks, Isakson praised Judge Self’s initiative as a Superior Court Judge on the Macon Judicial Circuit where he began the circuit’s Veterans Treatment Court, which helps serve the unique need of veterans who battle substance abuse and mental health issues.

“As chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate, and as one who recognizes the value of the court system for all it does to administer justice, I particularly am proud that we have a judge who comes in here who has used entrepreneurial skills to… see to it that our veterans are getting the help they need,” said Isakson.

He also commended Self’s extensive experience in both the private sector and on the bench.

“When you come to cast your vote for Tripp Self today, cast your vote proudly for someone who’s a legal entrepreneur for veterans, one who’s served with distinction in our state as a private sector practicing attorney and on the bench already, and one who will serve the United States of America very well in years to come,” Isakson continued.

Isakson concluded, “I commend him and his family for being willing to take on this responsibility.”

Self has served as the 83rd Judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals since Jan. 1, 2017. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Self served for 10 years as a Superior Court Judge on the Macon Judicial Circuit, and he was an attorney with the Macon, Ga., law firm, Sell and Melton, LLP. Self also served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He received his Bachelor of Science from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law.

The American Bar Association unanimously gave Judge Self its highest possible rating of “well qualified.”

Isakson met with Self prior to today’s confirmation vote, and a photo from their meeting is available here.

Previously, Isakson introduced Self at his hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Oct. 4, 2017. Self was reported out of the Judiciary Committee by unanimous voice vote on Oct. 26, 2017. The Senate voted on March 1, 2018, to move forward with his nomination by a vote of 85-12.