President Trump Just Announced Brett Kavanaugh's Replacement on the U.S. Court of Appeals

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 3:33 PM

During an event at the White House Tuesday afternoon, President Trump announced he will nominate Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. Rao will fill a vacancy filled by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

Here is Rao's bio from the White House website

Neomi Rao is a former professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Administrator Rao founded the Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of Congress. Additionally, Administrator Rao’s comparative analysis of the use of dignity in constitutional law has been widely cited in the United States and abroad. She also served as a Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and on the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Prior to joining the Law School, Administrator Rao served in all three branches of government. She served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Administrator Rao also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Administrator Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in international law and commercial arbitration. After receiving a B.A. from Yale University and Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago, Administrator Rao clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rao has played a key role in implementing President Trump's deregulatory agenda.