The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed three U.S. Attorney nominees by voice vote at its meeting Thursday.
- Melinda Haag (Northern District of California): The partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe would replace George W. Bush U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. President Barack Obama nominated her on March 25. Read more about her here.
- Barry R. Grissom (Kansas): The Overland Park, Kan., lawyer would succeed Eric Melgren, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Obama tapped him on April 28. Read more about him here.
– David J. Hickton (Western District of Pennsylvania): The founding member of Burns, White & Hickton LLC would succeed Mary Beth Buchanan, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in November 2009 to run for the House. But she didn’t win the Republican nomination in the race for the Western Pennsylvania seat held by Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire. Obama nominated Hickton on May 20. Read more about him here.
The committee has now approved 66 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The panel has yet to schedule votes for another eight would-be U.S. Attorneys. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.