After some speculation, President Trump has officially named current regulatory czar Neomi Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has nominated current administration “Regulatory Czar” Neomi Rao to fill Brett Kavanaugh’s former seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump’s announcement came during the White House’s celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light (Rao, who is Indian-American, was present at the event.) According to reportsfrom the event, Trump said that he had intended to make the announcement on Wednesday, but “seemed delighted to do it in person.”
Trump first interviewed Rao for the position in late October, according to Axios. As the Washington Free Beacon reported last week, the Department of Justice actively began vetting her last Friday.
Rao, 45, is currently the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the organ of the executive branch responsible for overseeing all major regulations made by the other departments. From that position, Rao told the Free Beacon in an interview in May, she cut some $8 billion worth of regulations in 2017 alone.
Sources have noted that Rao will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee in December and will have a confirmation vote with the full Senate in January if everything goes according to plan.