The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia to the Senate floor for a vote.
Michael Moore, a Houston County attorney, was nominated Sept. 17, 2009, to be the district’s top federal prosecutor.
Moore said he was at his Warner Robins law office with his wife and staff members Thursday morning during the committee’s vote.
“I’m honored and glad that we’ve moved forward in the process and looking forward to the confirmation vote in the Senate,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I appreciate the committee and having the support of our Georgia senators.”
While it’s unclear when Moore’s nomination will go to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote, votes for other U.S. attorneys nominated by Obama have been held within two months of committee approval, according to a Senate Committee on the Judiciary list.
Of the 76 U.S. attorney nominations, Moore has been waiting the longest for confirmation of the 10 unconfirmed nominees.
His nomination came months before nominations for U.S. Marshal Willie L. Richardson Jr. and U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell, who have been confirmed by the Senate and have started work already.
The committee received Moore’s questionnaire — a 20-page detailed résumé of his background, legal achievements and other information — June 9.
While Moore said he couldn’t comment on the reasons for his one-year wait, he did say he respects the Senate and the process that senators go through before confirming a nominee.
“It’s such a great privilege for a lawyer to represent the United States that it outweighs the inconvenience of having to wait,” he said.
G.F. “Pete” Peterman III has served as acting U.S. attorney since former U.S. Attorney Max Wood stepped down from his post in July 2009. Wood recently was appointed as Georgia’s chief judge of the Office of State Administrative Hearings after an unsuccessful bid to be Georgia’s attorney general.
Peterman said while it’s been an honor to be the acting U.S. attorney during the interim period, the office needs a presidential appointee.
“The office is pleased and excited to have Michael Moore coming on board,” he said.
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