Nominees Santelle, Cotter Up For Panel Votes
By Andrew Ramonas | December 14, 2021 6:55 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote Thursday on two more U.S. Attorney nominees, according to the panel’s Web site.

James L. Santelle (Wisconsin Law Journal)

James L. Santelle (Wisconsin Law Journal)

They are:

-James Santelle (Eastern District of Wisconsin): The Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Steven Biskupic, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in January. President Barack Obama tapped Santelle for the post on Nov. 30. Read more about Santelle here.

-Michael Cotter (Montana): The Helena, Mont., lawyer would replace Bill Mercer, who is a holdover from the George W. Bush administration. Obama nominated Cotter for U.S. Attorney on Sept. 25, after the live-in girlfriend of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) withdrew from consideration. As the state’s senior Democratic senator, Baucus had recommended candidates to the White House. Read  more about the nominee here.

The committee will also consider U.S. Attorney nominees Barbara McQuade for the Eastern District of Michigan and Christopher Crofts for Wyoming at its Thursday meeting.

The panel has approved 27 U.S. Attorney nominees, including the 24 U.S. Attorneys who have won Senate confirmation thus far. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another three would-be U.S. Attorneys.


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