The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island Superior Court Associate Justice O. Rogeriee Thompson’s nomination to the federal appeals court in Boston is scheduled for a vote today in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“She didn’t receive a great ABA rating,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the panel’s ranking Republican, said shortly before the Senate went on its year-end break. “But I don’t consider that dispositive. I’d like to be able to support her. I hope I will be able to support her.”
The committee’s majority Democrats, including Chairman Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, strongly back Thompson, so a bipartisan vote of support could portend good prospects for full Senate confirmation of her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
This vote comes on the heels of an incredibly positive hearing in Senate Judiciary for Judge Thompson.
Update: Great news. The Providence Journal reports that the Committee – without any dissenting votes – voted to send Judge Thompson’s nomination to the full Senate for confirmation.