As President Trump just said: “She’s going to be fantastic, great person!”
Meet Neomi Rao.
According to Wikipedia, she is a fierce anti-Regulation and pro-Business judge and the founding director at th eStudy of the Administrative State at George Mason University‘s Antonin Scalia Law School.
I like those credentials!
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Here’s more, from Wikipedia:
Neomi Jehangir Rao (born March 22, 1973) is an American attorney, academic, and government official who currently serves as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Before assuming her current role, Rao was an associate professor of law and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University‘s Antonin Scalia Law School. Her research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law. President Trump has nominated her to be a federal judge, a lifetime appointment.
Rao was born to mother Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao, both Parsi physicians from India, and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she was educated at Detroit Country Day School (class of 1991). After graduating from Yale University with highest distinction in ethics, politics, economics, and philosophy, Rao attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received her J.D. in 2000. She was the comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy for the Symposium edition. Rao clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 2001 to 2002, and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.
After her clerkships, she practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London, United Kingdom. During the second term of the presidency of George W. Bush, Rao worked in the White House counsel’s office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Later, she became a professor at George Mason University School of Law (subsequently renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School, a change for which she advocated), where she received tenure in 2012. In 2015, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.
She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and the governing council of the American Bar Association‘s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where she co-chairs the section’s regulatory policy committee. She is a member of the Federalist Society.
The USA Today had more on the story:
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will nominate Neomi Rao – an anti-regulation official and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – to replace new Justice Brett Kavanaugh on a federal appeals court.
"She’s going to be fantastic," Trump said. "Great person."
Trump said he had planned to announce Rao's nomination on Wednesday, but decided to spotlight the Indian-American's ascension during a Diwali ceremony at the White House because, "I thought it was an appropriate place."
An attorney who worked in the White House under President George W. Bush, Rao is Trump's administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – the so-called "regulatory czar" who looks to eliminate government rules that the administration regards as anti-business.