Dan Gerber Selected to Judicial Nominating Committee
MEDIA RELEASE: For Friday, April 8, 2011
CONTACT: Dan McLaughlin , 202.224.1679 (Nelson)
Joe Pounder, 202.224.3041 (Rubio)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida’s two U.S. senators Friday released the makeup of a revamped statewide panel that’s charged with selecting nominees for presidential appointments to federal judgeships, U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals.
The state’s two senators revamped the membership of the Florida Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) to account for the election of Sen. Marco Rubio. Under the JNC’s rules, the 64-member commission recommends candidates to the state’s two senators. The senators then interview and forward the names to the White House, unless they object to a specific candidate’s appointment.
“It’s long been the tradition of Florida’s senators to work together and keep politics out of the process of selecting candidates for judicial post,” U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said today.
“This commission will be fundamental to finding qualified men and women for consideration and vetting by the Senate,” said Rubio.
Tampa lawyer John Fitzgibbons, who was selected two years ago to lead the statewide panel, will continue to hold the post. Fitzgibbons is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Florida.
The JNC is divided into three geographic conferences, one for each judicial district. The first order of business for the JNC likely will be recommending replacements for Judge Alan S. Gold of the Southern District of Florida, Judge Richard A. Lazzara of the Middle District of Florida and Chief United States District Judge Stephan P. Mickle of the Northern District of Florida. Gold retired in January. Mickle and Lazzara are set to retire in June and December, respectively.
Following are the members of the JNC.
John Fitzgibbons (Statewide Chair)
Linda Shelley (chair)
Melanie Ann Hines
Wayne Hogan (Chair)
Trudy McKibbe Reed
Marsha Santana Rydberg
Kendall Coffey (Chair)
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Jon A. Sale