President Bush announced on September 14 that he intends to nominate David Palmer, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, for the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2011. Palmer would fill the Republican vacancy at EEOC created by the departure of Chair Cari Dominguez and the naming of Naomi Earp as commission chair.
Palmer currently serves as Chief of the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to this, he served as Acting Special Litigation Counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at the Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he served as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice. Palmer received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and his JD from Case Western Reserve University.