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Nelson and Rubio revise statewide judicial nominating commission



Sen. Bill Nelson and new Sen. Marco Rubio have reoworked the Florida Judicial Nomination Commission, which picks nominees for federal judgeships, U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals. The JNC forward its recocomendatiosn to the senators, who then do their own vetting and forward names to the White House.

Tampa lawyer John Fitzgibbons, who was selected two years ago to lead the statewide panel, will continue to hold the post. First order of business, Nelson's office said, is recommending replacements for Judge Alan S. Gold of the Southern District of Florida, Judge Richard A. Lazzara of the Middle District of Florida and Chief United States District Judge Stephan P. Mickle of the Northern District of Florida. Gold retired in January. Mickle and Lazzara are set to retire in June and December, respectively. 

The makeup of the 64-member JNC is below.

John Fitzgibbons (Statewide Chair)
Northern District
Linda Shelley (chair)
Silvia Alderman
Nancy Aliff  
Jim Appleman
John Aurell
Duby Ausley
Martha Barnett
Philip Bates
Christopher Chestnut
William Harrison
Melanie Ann Hines
Don Hinkle
William Large
Doug Mannheimer
Jon Mills
Daryl Parks
Danny Ponce
Buzz Ritchie
Don Rubottom 
Leander Shaw
Bentina Terry
Middle District
Wayne Hogan (Chair)
Tyler Cathey
Steve Cheeseman
Daniel DeCubellis
WC Gentry
Dan Gerber
Nat Glover
Jonathan Kilman 
Mike Maher
Susan McCaskill
Trudy McKibbe Reed
Ben Newman 
Hugh Normile
Steve Pajcic
Marsha Santana Rydberg
Carol Saviak
Harry Shorstein
Bruce Smathers
Bruce Strayhorn
Bill Wilson
Gwynne Young
Southern District
Kendall Coffey  (Chair)
Georgina Angones
Reginald Clyne
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Al Dotson
Philip Frieden
John Genovese
Carrie Goodman
Evelyn Greer
Cynthia Johnson-Stacks
Manny Kadre
Eduardo Lacasa
Ira Leesfield
Dexter Lehtinen     
Chuck Lichtman
Richard Lydecker
Tom Panza
David Prather 
Dennis Richard
Jon A. Sale
Chris Searcy

[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 5:30pm]


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