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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