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President Trump Announces Neomi Rao as D.C. Circuit Nominee

Earlier today, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit.  If confirmed, Ms. Rao would fill the seat vacated by now Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ms. Rao currently serves as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs or OIRA (sometimes also referred to as
“the most important government office you have never heard of”).  Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Ms. Rao was a professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, where she focused her scholarship on issues involving administrative law.

Ms. Rao’s extensive experience in the field of administrative law will be an asset on the D.C. Circuit, which reviews on appeal the majority of litigation involving the various federal agencies.  Ms. Rao is also the seventh of President Trump’s court of appeals nominees to have clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.  I look forward to seeing her confirmed.  ​

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