04.23.09

Senate Judiciary Committee Reports Two Executive Nominees

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 23, 2009) – The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday reported two nominations to the Senate for consideration.  Ronald H. Weich is the nominee to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, and R. Gil Kerlikowske is the nominee to be Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  Both appeared before the Judiciary Committee at a hearing on April 1, 2009.

“The Judiciary Committee has made progress this year in confirming nominees to high-ranking positions in the executive branch,” said Leahy.  “Today we make further progress by reporting two further nominations.  I hope the Senate will confirm these nominations, as well as the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to lead the critical Office of Legal Counsel, without delay.”

Both nominations were reported to the Senate floor without objection.  Also pending on the Senate’s Executive Calendar is the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.  Johnsen’s nomination was reported by the Judiciary Committee on March 19.

On Monday the Senate confirmed three nominees to lead key divisions at the Justice Department:  Lanny Breuer to lead the Criminal Division; Christine Varney to lead the Antitrust Division, and Tony West to lead the Civil Division.  The nominees appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 10

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on pending nominations, including two judicial nominations and an executive nomination on April 29.  Information about pending nominations is available on the Committee’s website.

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