The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission has been making recommendations to Wisconsin's United States senators since 1979.
According to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the president "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint" federal judges. The president also appoints United States attorneys. By tradition, the president defers to the recommendations of the home state's U.S. senators for these positions.
In 1979, Wisconsin's two United States senators, William Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson, established the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission, a tradition that has continued to the present day. Democratic and Republican senators have used the commission for federal judicial and U.S. attorney vacancies, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
The Commission is currently seeking applications for United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Application materials, including instructions and a questionnaire are available below. The Commission's application and instructions (which are separate documents) are available in dowloadable form. Application materials for the two US Attorney positions must be returned no later than noon on March 25, 2021.
The Commission will call for applications for the vacancy for Judge of the Eastern District of Wisconsin at a later date. Application materials for that position will be made available on March 25, 2021. Those materials will be due April 24, 2021.
Inquiries and correspondence regarding the Federal Nominating Commission should be directed to org lroys wisbar Lisa Roys, Advocacy and Access to Justice Director, State Bar of Wisconsin at (608) 250-6128.