Senate Panel OKs SEC Lawyer Vying for Federal Judgeship

• Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote reported nomination of Steven Seeger to full Senate
• Trump nominated Seeger to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

An SEC lawyer in Chicago is closer to joining the federal bench after a Senate panel endorsed his nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Oct. 11.

The Senate Judiciary Committee by a voice vote reported the nomination of Steven Seeger to the full Senate. President Donald Trump tapped the Securities and Exchange Commission senior trial counsel for the judgeship in June, with support from Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

The vote came after he received few questions from senators during his nomination hearing in August.

Seeger has handled cases involving Ponzi schemes, insider trading, and other matters after he joined the SEC as a lawyer in its Chicago Regional Office in 2010. He was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit before arriving at the commission.

Senate leaders haven’t announced when Seeger may get a confirmation vote.

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