Circuit Judge David Tapp cleared one more hurdle Thursday on his way to becoming a part of the federal claims court, as the U.S. Judiciary Committee voted to advance his nomination to the floor of the Senate.
The committee voted 18-4 to recommend Tapp as President Donald Trump's nominee for the position.
Tapp must be confirmed by the Senate before the nomination is finalized. At this time it is unknown when that nomination will be brought to the floor.
The four committee members who voted against Tapp's nomination were Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Should he be confirmed, Judge Tapp would be one of 16 judges who serve 15-year terms. The Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied in fact, with the United States. Though headquartered in Washington, DC, the court has national jurisdiction - allowing judges to travel all over the nation to hear cases for the convenience of litigants.
When first nominated, Judge Tapp called the opportunity to serve on a federal bench the high point of his career.
On the bench since 2005, Judge Tapp's career has included work as both prosecutor and private attorney, organized crime investigator, pretrial officer and deputy sheriff. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and his Master's of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.