Trump nominates Neomi Rao to D.C. Circuit Court to replace Kavanaugh

November 13, 2018

President Trump is nominating Neomi Rao, head of the White House regulatory affairs office, to the influential federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Rao would fill the seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who served on the appeals court for 12 years.

Mr. Trump made the announcement at a White House ceremony celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Ms. Rao is administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the White House Office of Management and Budget. In that post, she has worked to carry out the president’s efforts at reducing regulatory burdens.

She has clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

During the second term of President George W. Bush, Ms. Rao worked in the White House counsel’s office. She later became a tenured professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

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