Stuart Delery breezed past another hurdle in the Senate on Thursday in his nomination to become the permanent head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Delery's nomination with a voice vote. The former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner, who has been the acting head of the civil division for 15 months, now awaits a confirmation vote before the full Senate.
Thursday's voice vote means his nomination is considered non-controversial. That continues the trend from his confirmation hearing on June 11, when he was only asked one question during the entire hearing.
Delery, who left Wilmer for the Justice Department in 2009, took over as the acting assistant attorney general in February 2012. He replaced Tony West, who was named acting associate attorney general.
When asked what would be his priorities when heading the largest litigating component of the Justice Department, Delery listed protecting national security, pursuing fraud through the False Claims Act and health and safety issues.
The judiciary committee also voted 10-8 to approve the nomination of longtime prosecutor B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency has gone without a Senate-confirmed leader since 2006, and his is considered a controversial nominee.