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)
Linda Shelley (chair)
Melanie Ann Hines
Wayne Hogan (Chair)
Trudy McKibbe Reed
Marsha Santana Rydberg
Kendall Coffey (Chair)
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Jon A. Sale