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Know a Nominee: Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Do you support or oppose Rao's nomination?

by Countable | Updated on 3.13.19

(Updated 3/13/19): The Senate confirmed Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on a party-line 53-46 vote.


The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Here’s what you need to know about the nominee:

Who is she?

  • Neomi Rao, 45, is the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an agency which reviews rules and regulations that are crafted and enforced by executive branch agencies. She was confirmed to the role by the Senate in July 2017 on a 54-41 vote that saw four Democrats, including current Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), join Republicans by voting in favor.
  • Rao graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2000, and clerked for Judge Harvie Wilkinson III on the Fourth Circuit from 2000-2001 and for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 2001 to 2002.
  • After her clerkships, Raopracticed international law at a firm in London before working as a White House counsel and Senate Judiciary Committee staffer during the second term of George W. Bush’s presidency. She then became a tenured professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School focusing on constitutional and administrative law.

What’s the outlook for her confirmation?

What does it mean for the D.C. Circuit?

  • Rao’s confirmation would fill a position on the D.C. Circuit that became vacant when Brett Kavanaugh was elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • The D.C. Circuit is made up of 11 judges ― of whom one was appoined by George H.W. Bush, three by Bill Clinton, one by George W. Bush, four by Barack Obama, and one by Donald Trump. Rao’s confirmation would fill its lone vacancy.
  • The D.C. Circuit is led by Chief Judge Merrick Garland, and is considered the second highest court in the land because of its administrative caseload related to actions of federal agencies.


— Eric Revell

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  • Gopin2018
    Voted Support
    03/13/2019
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    I support her to the court of appeals. #MAGA

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  • Linda
    Voted Oppose
    03/10/2019
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    Reject Trump’s judicial nominees. His selection of qualified candidates is not reliable. Withhold voting on his nominations until there’s a NAY majority. His wrong selections can adversely affect the country for decades.

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  • Robert
    03/13/2019
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    Another great nominee for this court. She has An ability to fill the conservative slat just left by Judge Kavanaugh.

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  • James
    Voted Support
    03/12/2019
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    She is well qualified and a constitutional conservative! She will serve well!

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  • James
    Voted Oppose
    03/13/2019
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    No more confirmations or appointments until we determine the current chief executive’s guilt or innocence.

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  • Frances
    Voted Oppose
    03/12/2019
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    MORE COURT PACKING WITH YOUNG RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS!

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  • D
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    03/13/2019
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    The age of Social justice judges is coming to an end- and has dramatically harmed our Country under Obama- apply the actual laws!

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  • James
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    03/13/2019
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    All in with her confirmation

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  • AZbookwoman
    Voted Oppose
    03/13/2019
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    The last thing we need is another Trump appointee. The courts have gone so far to the right that corporations have more rights than individuals.

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  • Kate
    Voted Support
    03/13/2019
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    Confirm

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  • Fred
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    03/13/2019
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    MAGA !! Another woman??

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Oppose
    03/12/2019
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    This nomination may be one of the best Trump has made, BUT. The REPUBLICANS NEVER ALLOWED OBAMA’S NOMINATIONS AND HE WAS A DECENT, LEARNED & INTELLIGENT MAN, unlike this imbecile. Trump should NOT BE MAKING NOMINATIONS TO JUDGESHIPS.

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  • David
    Voted Support
    03/13/2019
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    Another great legal mind, an easy Yes!

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  • Harry
    Voted Support
    03/11/2019
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    Had a Senate confirmation in 2017 with bipartisan support. Bar Association says qualified. Give her Approval to fill Kavanaugh seat.

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  • Azrael
    Voted Oppose
    03/12/2019
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    Record speaks for itself

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Oppose
    03/13/2019
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    NO!

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  • Daniel
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    03/13/2019
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    You see again, although she is a WOMAN, the left is opposed to her. Anything to block conservatives and President Trump. The Communist/Socialist talk about how President Trump is a misogynist - it is the usual propaganda - and here he nominates another woman and they oppose her. Why? Because she is conservative. She is qualified and a woman which should be good enough to qualify but they oppose her. Quickly appoint her and keep moving to fill positions with conservatives. Stop the Communist/Socialist takeover.

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  • Kathi13
    Voted Oppose
    03/13/2019
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    We don’t need more anti-woman judges.

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  • SirRobert
    Voted Oppose
    03/13/2019
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    This is the third appointment in the last two weeks. It looks like Trump is stacking the deck with sympathetic judges!

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  • John r
    Voted Oppose
    03/12/2019
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    Rao has a record of opposing voting rights protections and is on the record as being against gay rights.

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  • BlondieEsquire
    Voted Oppose
    03/13/2019
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    Please vote no on Rao’s nomination. Her comments about women and consent, race, and equal rights are abhorrent, and her expansive views of presidential powers are dangerous and unconstitutional.

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