The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by voice vote the nomination of the North Dakota U.S. Attorney at its meeting Tuesday.
The panel initially scheduled a vote on U.S. Attorney nominee Tim Purdon on June 24. But his nomination was held over 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 panel has now approved 60 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 14 would-be U.S. Attorneys. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.