- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - President Obama has nominated public defender Mary McElroy to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island.

Tuesday’s nomination drew praise from Rhode island U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

They call McElroy “eminently qualified.”

McElroy was nominated following what the senators called “an open and in-depth selection process, which included extensive interviews and careful deliberation.”

McElroy has served as the Rhode Island Public Defender since 2012 and was the first woman to hold the post.

She is a Warwick native and a resident of Coventry, who attended Providence College and Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.

McElroy’s nomination will be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Once that process is successfully completed, the nomination must be confirmed by the full Senate.

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