Barack Obama's Indian-American nominee Srikanth Srinivasan may create history in US


"Sri's confirmation will be an important first step to filling this court's four vacancies, and he will be, when confirmed, the first South Asian circuit court judge in history," Carney said as he urged the Senate to move swiftly to confirm the 15 additional judicial nominees waiting for votes.

Of those 15, 13 were approved out of the Judiciary Committee unanimously, not a single Republican dissent. And four would fill judicial emergencies, six are represented by,Republican home-state senators who support their nominations, he noted.

Since the beginning of the year, the Senate has confirmed nine judicial nominees. "That is good," he said.

But it is worth noting that, on average, these nine judges waited 144 days for a floor vote, compared to the former President George Bush's nominees who waited an average of 34 days for a vote at this point in his presidency, Carney added.

"And it just underscores the seriousness of the situation,the uniqueness of the delay that we face in getting nominees confirmed, the arbitrariness of the delays when you have a situation where so many of them are voted out of committee unanimously and then never given a floor vote," he said.

"We urge that the Senate act expeditiously to take up and consider and confirm this particular nomination, but also to move forward on these others," Carney said.Srinivasan was first nominated by Obama on June 11, 2012.

On January 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate. On January 3, 2013, Obama re-nominated him for the same office.

Srinivasan was born in Chandigarh, and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas.

He received his BA with honors and distinction in 1989 from Stanford University and his JD (Juris Doctor) with distinction in 1995 from Stanford Law School, mwhere he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review.

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