Senator Tom Coburn. R-OK, objects to President Obama’s nomination of Arvo Mikkanen as U.S. judge in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Last Wednesday, Pres. Obama named a longtime federal prosecutor in Oklahoma City to be a U.S. district judge in Tulsa, but Senator Tom Coburn immediately voiced his opposition.
Arvo Mikkanen, an assistant U.S. attorney since 1994 in the western district, was nominated by Obama to be a judge in the northern district of Oklahoma, based in Tulsa.
Before working as a prosecutor, Mikkanen was in private practice and served as a judge for the Court of Indian Offenses and the Court of Indian Appeals for the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Wichita, Caddo, Delaware, Fort Sill Apache, Ponca, Pawnee, Kaw, Otoe-Missouria, Tonkawa, and Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. He received his bachelors degree from Dartmouth University in 1983 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1986.
Sen. Coburn, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and reviews federal judicial nominations, said he had “serious concerns” about Mikkanen’s nomination.
“I believe he is unacceptable for the position and another example of how politics in Washington neglect to take into account what is best for the people of Oklahoma,” Coburn said.
Coburn did not elaborate on his objections. His opposition could seriously hinder Mikkanen’s confirmation because of the deference given by the Judiciary Committee to home-state senators.
Senators can also put a “hold” on apparently any Senate action, although a new rule change at least prevents them from doing so anonymously.