President Trump has nominated his top regulatory official to take over a vacant seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, according to a White House pool report.
Trump announced that he selected Neomi Rao, the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to fill the seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The D.C. Circuit is considered the second highest court in the country and, as in Kavanaugh's case, has been a steppingstone to the Supreme Court.
At OIRA, Rao has been central to the Trump administration's efforts to roll back regulations. Last month, she touted federal agencies for rolling back four regulations for every new regulation added.
Prior to joining the White House regulatory shop in July 2017, Rao taught as an associate law professor at George Mason University, where she also founded and directed the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.
Rao was favored among conservative legal scholars to take over the role, given her background in administrative law (Greenwire, Oct. 10).
The nomination will head to the Senate for approval.