Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard was excited to hear presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has named a Utahn, Tom Lee, as one of several people who he would consider for the Supreme Court if he is elected in November.
Hillyard says he knows Lee, who is currently a member of the Utah Supreme Court and Associated Chief Justice. The Senator, who is an attorney by trade, was serving on the Judicial Confirmation Committee and had a chance to interview Lee when he was being confirmed. Hillyard says he was very impressed.
“I heard him speak at the recent Utah State Bar convention,” says Hillyard. “He talked about judicial things and how you decide cases. I like that.
“He said ‘when you see words, you see words in their context. That’s what you think the legislature means. You try to get the legislative intent. It’s not the court up there trying to make a decision based on your own personal bias and the arguments you’ve heard’.”
Hillyard agrees with Lee’s philosophy because there is a considerable process that takes place before legislation becomes law.
“The legislature is the place where we have committee meetings, people can present things, we vote, and it goes through a process,” he explains. “That’s how the basic policy in the state and the nation ought to be set.”
Hillyard says Tom Lee is young and very articulate. Besides being a brother to U.S. Senator Mike Lee, he is the son of longtime U.S. Solicitor General and President of Brigham Young University Rex Lee.