Droney’s nomination to appeals court advances

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Christopher Droney’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday.

Droney, currently a U.S. District judge in Hartford, won a quick endorsement from the panel in a voice vote Thursday morning. There was no debate and no “nay” votes on Droney’s bid to move up to the court of appeals.

“He has really had an exceptional career… [and] is extremely well qualified for this very important position,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., before the vote.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., seconded those comments, saying he got to know Droney when they two men both worked as U.S. attorneys during the Clinton administration. “Droney was a very, very talented person… very well regarded by all of his peers,” Whitehouse said.

The committee’s action follows a cordial confirmation hearing in June. His nomination still has to be voted on by the full Senate.