Ronald Machen's nomination for U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia was among a group of nominations that the U.S. Senate confirmed late Thursday, just before senators headed out of town for a week-long recess.
Machen was most recently a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District from 1997 to 2001, a position for which he was hired by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder Jr. The Senate Judiciary Committee backed Machen’s nomination Jan. 28.
Facing no opposition, Machen was one of 27 nominees confirmed without a formal vote. Others confirmed include: André Birotte Jr., formerly inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department, to be U.S. attorney for the Central District of California; Sharon Bowen, a partner in Latham & Watkins’ New York office, to be a director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation; Ketanji Brown, who is of counsel to Morrison & Foerster’s Washington office, to a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission; and Richard Hartunian, an assistant U.S. attorney, to be U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York.
The most controversial of Obama’s nominees, including three for assistant attorney general positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, were not part of the group.