The Senate yesterday confirmed, by unanimous consent, Susan Carbon, President Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.
Obama tapped Carbon on Oct. 5 for the directorship of the office that handles grants to combat violence against women. She succeeds Cindy Dyer, who resigned in January.
Carbon previously served as the supervisory judge of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division. Read more about Carbon here.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said on the Senate floor yesterday that “anonymous” Republicans were to blame for delaying a vote on Carbon, who was reported out of committee by voice vote on Dec. 3.
“I ask Senators who think about blocking such nominations in the future to imagine what it is like to explain to a nonpartisan, earnest public servant, eager to assume a new position of national leadership, that her confirmation is being blocked because one or two anonymous Senators want a new Federal building or some other project in their States or want a defense contract awarded to a certain company or because they are mad at Attorney General Eric Holder for some unrelated issue,” Shaheen said.
The Senate has yet to consider two more directors of DOJ divisions that have won Judiciary Committee approval.
- John Laub for the National Institute of Justice. He was reported out of committee on Dec. 3.
- James P. Lynch for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. He was reported out of committee yesterday.
The panel has yet to consider Bea Hanson, who was nominated on Dec. 23 to lead the Office for Victims of Crime.
This report has been updated from an earlier version.