Washington: President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Neomi Rao to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump said that he was nominating Rao for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rao currently serves as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which is part of the Office of Management and Budget.

Rao previously worked as a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She also served in President George W. Bush’s administration and worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump made the announcement at a White House event marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Rao thanked Trump “for the confidence you’ve shown in me.”

At the event, Trump also took a shot at Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Said Trump: “I just didn’t like one decision he made, but that’s all right. Not even a little bit. But he’s independent.”