The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed four U.S. Attorney nominees this morning by voice vote.
-Barbara McQuade (Eastern District of Michigan): The Eastern District of Michigan Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Stephen J. Murphy, who resigned in 2008. She was nominated on Nov. 30. Read more about her here.
-Christopher Crofts (Wyoming): The counsel to Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) would replace Bush holdover Kelly Rankin. He was nominated on Nov. 30. Read more about Crofts here.
-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 panel has now approved 31 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 two would-be U.S. Attorneys.