Norton Relieved at D.C. Confirmations, Urges Senate to Fill Vacancies

Nov 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked the Senate for confirming four officials to posts in the District of Columbia judicial system.  Norton announced that Robert Anthony Dixon was confirmed to be United States Marshal for the Superior Court; Joshua A. Deahl was confirmed to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; and Deborah J. Israel and Andrea L. Hertzfeld were confirmed to be Associate Judges of the Superior Court.

“Statehood will make these matters respecting court personnel in the District local matters as they should be,” Norton said.  “Until then, I am particularly grateful to my Senate colleagues for their advice and consent on these much-needed D.C. judges and marshal,” Norton said.  “These officials will begin the urgently needed work of clearing case backlogs.  Before these vacancies were filled, two vacancies existed on the Court of Appeals and an astonishing nine vacancies existed on the Superior Court, the District’s trial court for criminal and civil matters, the largest in the country.  We are pleased that Ms. Hertzfeld and Ms. Israel have been confirmed, yet seven vacancies still remain.

“Unfortunately, the District seems to have a vacancy crisis every few years, whether the Senate is controlled by Democrats or Republicans.  I recognize that Senate leadership is understandably more focused on nominees for lifetime federal judgeships and federal agencies than on local D.C. courts.  However, I will continue to work with the Senate to move quickly to fill these vacancies to ensure D.C. has an effective judicial branch.”