Se­nate panel ap­proves R.I. nom­i­nee

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — The Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee has voted to ad­vance the nom­i­na­tion for a new fed­eral judge for the U.S. District Court in Prov­i­dence.

The com­mit­tee on Thurs­day ap­proved the nom­i­na­tion of Rhode Is­land Pub­lic De­fender Mary McElroy on a 19-2 vote. Her nom­i­na­tion now goes to the full Se­nate for con­fir­ma­tion.

McElroy was first nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in 2015 but that nom­i­na­tion ex­pired. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re-nom­i­nated her ear­lier this year. Demo­cratic Rhode Is­land Sens. Jack Reed and Shel­don Whitehouse had been push­ing for her nom­i­na­tion.

McElroy has been the state pub­lic de­fender since 2012. She got her law de­gree from Suf­folk Univer­sity School of Law and her bach­e­lor’s from Prov­i­dence Col­lege.

If she’s ap­proved, she will fill a va­cancy left by Judge Mary Lisi.

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