The Senate confirmed John A. Gibney Jr. tonight for a U.S. District Court seat in Richmond.
Gibney, a partner in the Richmond firm of ThompsonMcMullan, was recommended for the seat in September 2009 by Virginia’s Democratic Senators, Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner. President Barack Obama nominated him in April and the Judiciary Committee granted him a hearing two weeks later.
The nomination languished until tonight when the Senate confirmed four of 38 judicial nominees that had been recommended by the committee but were still awaiting action by the Senate. It had not acted on any judicial nominations since September.
Gibney said he had no advance notice of the vote and did not learn about it until about two hours after it had occurred.
A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia law school, Gibney was a partner in the firm of Shuford, Rubin & Gibney before joining ThompsonMcMullan. Much of his practice is representing Virginia constitutional officers in state and federal court.
By Alan Cooper