EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County Judge Michael McShane has been renominated to serve on the federal court bench in Eugene, Ore.
President Barack Obama nominated McShane back in September, but the Senate failed to act on the nomination before Wednesday's close of the congressional session. The new Congress opened for business Thursday.
If confirmed by the Senate, McShane would succeed Michael Hogan, who took senior status in September 2011. McShane would be one of two judges based at the U.S. District Court in Eugene.
He earned a bachelor's degree at Gonzaga University in 1983 and a law degree at Lewis and Clark College in 1988.
McShane spent nearly a decade representing indigent criminal defendants as a public defender in Portland. He worked as a judge pro tempore before he was appointed to the Circuit Court bench in 2001.