A week after they sat together at the State of the Union, the Democrat and the Republican are attending a committee hearing together, to present Kathleen Williams, President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. District Court in Miami.
Both Florida senators are at the Senate Judiciary Committee to introduce Williams, a federal public defender. President Obama nominated her for the bench last July and Nelson said he and Rubio are at the hearing as part of a bipartisan effort to move some of Obama's nominations along. Nelson noted there are other vacancies in the state that need action.
"We urge your speedy consideration," Nelson told the committee, noting, "the candidates that we bring to you are candidates that are accepted in a bipartisan way with broad support of the legal and nonlegal communities of Florida."
From the White House: "Williams is a nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Florida. Kathleen M. Williams has served as the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida since 1995. She previously served in the same District as Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1990 to 1995 and as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1984 to 1988. Ms. Williams has worked in private practice as an associate in the Miami offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from 1988 to 1990 and of Fowler, White, Burnett from 1982 to 1984. From 2002 until 2008, Ms. Williams was the Chairperson of the Federal Defender Advisory Group and the Defender representative to the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference. Ms. Williams received her J.D. in 1982 from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.A. magna cum laude in 1978 from Duke