WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday again recommended confirmation of Pulaski County Circuit Judge James “Jay” Moody Jr., and Fayetteville attorney Timothy L. Brooks to fill federal judicial slots in Arkansas.
The committee action, taken by voice vote, puts the two presidential nominations on the path toward approval by the full Senate.
The two Arkansans had been nominated last year but the Senate did not hold confirmation votes on either – along with a slew of other nominations – before the year ended. Both nominees had won approval in 2013 by the Senate Judiciary Committee and were endorsed by Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark.
On Thursday, the committee approved more than a dozen judicial nominations that President Obama resubmitted at the start of the year, including Moody and Brooks.
Moody is nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, which includes Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Jonesboro.
Brooks is nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which includes Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Hot Springs.