Indian born American Jurist Neomi Jehangir Rao and former academic and law professor who was under scrutiny for her writings earlier will now serve as a Judge on DC Circuit Court of Appeals, US Senate confirmed on Wednesday.
Rao is take over the chair vacated by US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following his nomination by President Donald Trump for the top post in the country’s highest judicial body.
Though her commentaries in the past as a student at Yale University when she wrote that women should change their behaviour in order to avoid date rape received a lot of controversy, the Senate voted 53-46, with all the Republicans backing Rao’s nomination and the Democrats opposing her to the post.The 45-year-old Indian-American served as Trump’s “czar” overseeing regulatory rollbacks.
“Rao’s experience and intellect make her uniquely qualified to fill Justice Kavanaugh’s shoes on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Rao will fairly apply the law and honour the Constitution; she’ll be a phenomenal judge serving on one of our nation’s highest courts,” said Judicial Crisis Network chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino.
Born to Indian immigrant parents, Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao both Parsi physicians from India in 1973, Rao earned a one-year clerkship with Justice Clarence Thomas on the US Supreme Court. She currently serves as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget.
Rao has th experience of working with the US government during the latter half of George W. Bush’s presidency and became a professor of law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Rao’s research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law, and she founded the school’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State.