08.07.09

Senate Confirms Ten Judiciary Committee-Reported Nominees

WASHINGTON – After nearly three months of inaction on Judiciary Committee reported nominations, the Senate Friday confirmed 10 nominations reported by the Committee, many which have been pending on the Senate’s executive calendar for more than a month. The nominations, confirmed just one day after the Senate’s final vote on the historic nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, were the first non-judicial nominations reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee to be confirmed since May 12.

Among the nominations confirmed Friday were the first U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Obama, and the first U.S. Marshal nominee sent to the Senate.  The nominations confirmed Friday were: Tristram J. Coffin to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont; Joyce Vance to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama; Preet Bharara to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York; B. Todd Jones to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota;  John Kacavas to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire; Thomas McLellan to be the Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy; Alejandro Mayorkas to be the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Cranston J. Mitchell to be the Commissioner of the U.S. Parole Commission; David J. Kappos to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and David Demag to be U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont.

“The Senate has finally broken through the logjam that has stalled the confirmation of several important nominations considered by the Judiciary Committee,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).  “The U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals are the top federal law officers on the ground in our states.  The confirmation of President Obama’s first nominees to these positions is long overdue.  I am disappointed that the President’s first judicial nominations, and several other important executive nominations, remain pending in the Senate, but look forward to considering them when the Senate returns in September.”

Ten nominations remain pending on the Senate’s executive calendar, including three judicial nominations, which were reported by the Committee nearly two months ago.  The nominations pending include: Dawn Johnsen to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, reported by the Committee on March 19; Judge William K. Sessions to chair the U.S. Sentencing Commission, reported on May 7; David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, reported on June 4; Andre Davis to the Fourth Circuit, reported on June 4; Tom Perez to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, reported on June 4; Gerard Lynch to the Second Circuit, reported on June 11; Mary Smith to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division, reported on June 11; Christopher Schroeder to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, reported on July 28; Steven M. Dettelbach to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, reported on August 6; and Carter Mitchell Stewart to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, reported on August 6.

Information on executive and judicial nominations pending in the Judiciary Committee is available online.

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