Senate committee to vote on Ong nomination

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote June 16 on the nomination of Winfield Ong to be U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Indiana.

Ong was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Judge Sarah Evans Barker who took senior status June 30, 2014. Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican, recommended Ong’s appointment, praising his qualifications and temperament.

The committee, chaired by Republican Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, is scheduled to convene at 10 a.m. and vote on a handful of nominations to the federal bench including Donald Schott to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Schott, a partner at the Quarles and Brady office in Wisconsin was nominated to fill that state’s vacancy on the appellate court.

Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby who was nominated to fill the Indiana seat on the 7th Circuit is still awaiting a hearing by the committee.


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