03.25.09

Judiciary Committee Hearing Noticed To Consider First Judicial Nomination

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, March 25, 2009) – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing April 1 to consider the first judicial nomination of the 111th Congress, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday.  One executive nomination will also be considered on April 1.

On March 17, President Obama nominated Indiana District Court Judge David Hamilton to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  The nomination has the support of Indiana’s two U.S. Senators, Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D), and he has been rated “well qualified” by the American Bar Association.

The Judiciary Committee will also consider an executive nomination at the April 1 hearing.  Ronald W. Weich was nominated on March 18 to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice.

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of David Kris to be the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.  The Kris nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 5.  The nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel is still pending on the Senate’s executive calendar.  The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on three additional Justice Department nominees at a business meeting Thursday.  This year, the Senate has confirmed the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, and Solicitor General.

The hearing to consider the Hamilton and Weich nominations will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  The hearing will be webcast live online.  Information about nominations is available online.

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