Although the U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nominations for U.S. marshal and a new federal judge in the Middle District of Georgia, his nomination for U.S. attorney hasn’t been scheduled for a vote.
Michael Moore, a Houston County attorney, was nominated Sept. 17, 2009, to be the district’s top federal prosecutor.
His nomination came months before nominations for U.S. Marshal Willie L. Richardson Jr. and Judge Marc Treadwell. Both have been confirmed in Senate votes.
Moore, who is still practicing law at his Warner Robins law firm, said his nomination is pending before a Senate committee.
“I’m looking forward to the rest of the process,” he said. “I’m honored to have been nominated.”
Moore’s committee questionnaire — a 20-page detailed résumé of his background, legal achievements and other information — was received June 9 and is being reviewed, said Erica Chabot, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Once the questionnaire is reviewed by the committee, the nomination will be listed for a committee vote, she said.
If a majority of the committee approves the nomination, Moore’s nomination will advance to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote, Chabot said.
Of about 860 nominations for various posts nationwide, only 21 have been waiting for confirmation longer than Moore’s 281-day wait.
Some nominees have been confirmed in a matter of a few days, while others have been waiting for more than 420 days, according to a Telegraph analysis of a log of nominations and confirmations posted on the White House Web site.
About 200 nominees await confirmation, according to the log.
Fifty-seven of the 72 nominees for U.S. attorney posts nationwide have been confirmed, according to a Senate Committee on the Judiciary list.
Richardson, the district’s U.S. marshal, was confirmed in a little more than two months after his Nov. 30, 2009, nomination. Treadwell, nominated Feb. 4, 2010, was confirmed in a Senate vote Monday.
A group of court employees, family and friends gathered Friday at the federal courthouse in Macon to watch Treadwell recite his oath of office.
U.S. District Court judges Hugh Lawson and Ashley Royal welcomed Treadwell to the “court family.”
“We are very excited,” Royal said.
Lawson said Treadwell is “one of the most qualified people to be appointed to the court.”
A formal ceremony that will include Treadwell receiving a black robe will be held in the near future, said Greg Leonard, clerk of court.
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