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PROVIDENCE — The U.S. Senate is planning to vote on judicial nominees, including the nomination of Rhode Island Public Defender Mary McElroy to be a judge for the U.S. District Court in Providence.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says roll call votes for the nominations are expected this week. President Donald Trump renominated McElroy in April.

McElroy's two previous nominations expired before she was confirmed. She was first nominated by President Barack Obama in 2015. Trump nominated her in 2018. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination, but she wasn't confirmed by the full Senate.

McElroy has been the state's public defender since 2012.

If approved, she'll fill a vacancy left by Judge Mary Lisi.

Reed and fellow Rhode Island Democrat, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, have strongly backed her nomination.

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