The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the nomination of the North Dakota U.S. Attorney again at its meeting Tuesday.
The panel did not vote on U.S. Attorney nominee Tim Purdon on June 24 at the request of committee Republicans. Panel members can request to hold over a nominee one time.
Purdon is a partner at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D. President Barack Obama nominated him on Feb. 4 to succeed Drew Wrigley, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in Sept. 2009. Obama has been criticized for tapping Purdon, who was on the executive committee of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and has no prosecutorial experience.
Read more about Purdon here.
The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 14 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The panel has approved 59 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.
The committee is also scheduled to vote on the nominations of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court and James Cole for Deputy Attorney General Tuesday. The nominees were held over from the committee’s meeting this week at the request of panel Republicans.