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US Senate confirms Indian-American Neomi Rao for powerful federal judgeship

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Senate on Wednesday confirmed Indian-American Neomi Rao, who was under scrutiny for her past writings on sexual assault, as a on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most powerful benches in the country.

Rao, 45, will replace controversial who endured a bitter confirmation battle last year after US named him to the

Her confirmation came amidst stiff resistance from the opposition Democratic lawmakers and a nationwide campaign against her by rights groups for her previous position on sexual assault and minorities.

was confirmed by 53-46 votes in the US Senate, which was basically on party lines.

The Republicans enjoy majority in the 100-member US Senate. After being sworn in, she would be the second Indian-American on this court, which is considered only next to the

Meanwhile, opposition said did not deserve to be confirmed.

"A vote for is a vote for a who blamed survivors of sexual assaults for being attacked. It is a vote for a who claimed sexual orientation is a behavior' that can be changed, said Democratic National Committee's Women's and

Rao is currently serves as the of the and (OIRA) of the In this capacity she played a key role in regulatory reform.

Prior to her service as OIRA Administrator, Rao was a professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the at

She founded the and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of

She has served in all three branches of government including Associate and Special Assistant to She also served as to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues.

In between government service, Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in international law and commercial arbitration.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 00:15 IST