December 13, 2023

Young Introduces Judges Cristal Brisco and Gretchen Lund, Nominees for the Northern District of Indiana


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Washington – Today, Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge Cristal Brisco and Elkhart County Superior Court Judge Gretchen Lund during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Judges Brisco and Lund have both been nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

During his remarks, Young spoke about the backgrounds of both judges and outlined why he supports their nominations.

Senator Young’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the committee.

I have the honor today of introducing two fine Hoosier judges who have been nominated to serve on the District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

I don’t wish to show favoritism, so I’ll go in alphabetical order.

The Honorable Cristal Brisco currently serves as a judge on the St. Joseph County Superior Court. She was appointed to that position by Republican Governor Eric Holcomb in 2021.

She’s a lifelong Hoosier, growing up in Gary, attending undergrad at Valparaiso, and Law School at Notre Dame. She, her husband, and two daughters have remained in the South Bend area.

Judge Gretchen Lund has served as Superior Court judge in Elkhart County since 2015, and has also served as judge in Goshen City Court and a deputy prosecutor in Elkhart County.

She’s also a lifelong Hoosier, having attended Butler University and Valparaiso University. She lives in Goshen with her husband and daughters.

I’ve recommended many fellow Hoosiers to this committee over the years, but until today I had not had the pleasure of recommending judges from our state superior courts.

The judges in our state courts are working incredibly hard every day to administer justice in our local communities. I’m grateful for each and every one of them.

But before you today are two of our very best. Judge Lund and Judge Brisco have impressed their colleagues and those who have come before their courts.

If confirmed, they will be missed locally, but I trust they will bring the same sense of professionalism to the federal bench.

Thank you.