An Atlanta-based Dentons partner with a lengthy involvement in Republican politics has been renominated to an ambassadorship by President Donald Trump.
On Monday, the White House renominated Randy Evans to be ambassador to Luxembourg. Evans, co-chairman of Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission, is the former chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association and a member of the Republican National Committee. His clients have included former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
Evans’ nomination by the president last September expired last month—the result of a Senate rule that calls for the expiration of nominations that are pending when the Senate adjourns for the end of a year’s session. Without unanimous consent of the full Senate, those nominations are then returned to the president, who must nominate each candidate again for new consideration. Congress adjourned Dec. 21.
Nearly 100 Trump nominations expired at the end of 2017 and must be resubmitted—among them the nominations of two Trump candidates for federal judgeships in Georgia. On Friday, the White House renominated Judge Elizabeth “Lisa” Branch to a post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge William “Billy” Ray II to a post on the Northern District of Georgia bench in Atlanta. Both are currently judges on the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Evans had his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Nov. 1. On Dec. 5, the committee approved sending his nomination to the full Senate with the proviso that Evans would respond to any request to appear and testify before any other Senate committee.