Carl Tobias: Judge Stephanie Gallagher deserves a confirmation vote

On June 7, President Trump nominated Stephanie Gallagher, who has served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore since 2011, for a district vacancy on that court. This happened 21 months after former president Barack Obama nominated her to the same opening. Gallagher is a highly qualified, mainstream nominee who enjoyed the powerful support of former senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and current Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Gallagher in May 2016 without dissent. However, she languished when GOP leaders would not allow a confirmation debate and vote, and her nomination expired in January 2017. Because Gallagher is an experienced, consensus nominee and the District of Maryland requires this vacancy filled, the Senate must expeditiously confirm her. (Wash. Post)

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