Oct 29 2015
Committee Passage is Final Hurdle Before Full Senate Vote
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement after this morning’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote in favor of advancing Robert Rossiter Jr.’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska:
“I’m happy to see Mr. Rossiter advance to the next stage of the confirmation process, and I look forward to voting for him once his nomination reaches the Senate floor. I would also like to thank Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley for making this nomination a priority.”
Following today’s vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Rossiter’s nomination will head to the Senate floor for a final vote, which is expected by the end of this year. Last month, Senator Fischer delivered testimony in support of Rossiter at his nomination hearing before the Judiciary Committee. During her testimony, Fischer highlighted Rossiter’s integrity, legal skill, and dedication to the rule of law.
Senator Fischer and former Senator Mike Johanns first recommended Mr. Rossiter for this position in August of 2014. After the announcement that Judge Joseph Bataillon planned to retire from regular active service, Fischer and Johanns began a statewide search. They accepted applications for more than four months before announcing their selection of Mr. Rossiter to fill the vacancy. Traditionally, when submitting judicial nominations, the president gives deference to home-state senators during the selection process.
Rossiter is currently a partner at Fraser Stryker. He graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1981, where he served as the editor of the Creighton Law Review. After receiving his law degree, Rossiter clerked for U.S. District Court Judge C. Arlen Beam.