by Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue. Before that he was an attorney at law firms Foltz Martin LLC; Ashe, Rafuse & Hill, LLP; and Holland & Knight. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he also clerked for a federal judge in Puerto Rico.
López must be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, and home-state senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue hold the power over whether the Judiciary Committee will take up López's nomination. Their initial reactions were cordial but noncommittal.