Judge Neomi Rao

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

ABA Rating: Well Qualified

Nominated by President Donald Trump

Confirmed 53–46 on March 13, 2019

  • Yale University B.A., 1995

  • University of Chicago Law School J.D., 1999

  • Law clerk, Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1999-2000

  • Counsel for nominations and constitutional law, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 2000-2001

  • Law clerk, Hon. Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States, 2001-2002

  • Private practice, London, United Kingdom, 2002-2005

  • Associate counsel and special assistant to President George W. Bush, 2005-2006

  • Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, 2006-2019; director and founder, Center for the Study of the Administrative State, 2015-2017

  • Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 2017-2019

Democrats who opposed her confirmation:

Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Booker (D-NJ), Brown (D-OH), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Coons (D-DE), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Duckworth (D-IL), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Gillibrand (D-NY), Harris (D-CA), Hassan (D-NH), Heinrich (D-NM), Hirono (D-HI), Jones (D-AL), Kaine (D-VA), King (I-ME), Klobuchar (D-MN), Leahy (D-VT), Manchin (D-WV), Markey (D-MA), Menendez (D-NJ), Merkley (D-OR), Murphy (D-CT), Peters (D-MI), Reed (D-RI), Rosen (D-NV), Sanders (I-VT), Schatz (D-HI), Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen (D-NH), Sinema (D-AZ), Smith (D-MN), Stabenow (D-MI), Tester (D-MT), Udall (D-NM), Van Hollen (D-MD), Warner (D-VA), Warren (D-MA), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR)

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