There is a new, tremendous addition to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Congratulations to Rhode Island Superior Court Associate Justice O. Rogeriee Thompson who was just confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 98-0. The Providence Journal has the full story:
On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Thompson to the traditional “Rhode Island seat” on the Boston-based federal appeals court — making her the first black judge and the second woman to serve there.
Only Thompson’s home-state patrons, Democratic Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, spoke during the brief debate on her nomination, praising the 21-year veteran of the state courts for her fairness, her integrity and her strong qualifications for the lifetime seat on the powerful appeals court.
South Carolina native Thompson is “a path-breaker in many respects,” said Reed, noting that she had been the first black woman to serve on Rhode Island’s District and Superior Courts.
Whitehouse, who joined Reed last April in recommending Thompson to Mr. Obama, declared that “she will have a distinguished career” on the 1st Circuit Court, which hears appeals from of cases decided in the federal trial courts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Obama nominated her in early October to the $184,500-per-year job. Thompson will replace retired Judge Bruce M. Selya.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Jan. 21 without dissent to recommend that the full Senate confirm President Obama’s nomination of Rhode Island Superior Court Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.