Voting 59 to 39, the U.S. Senate today confirmed David Hamilton's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
The Hamilton nomination stalled for five months amid criticism from Republican lawmakers about Hamilton's pro bono work for the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Earlier this week, the Republican caucus fell short of maintaining a filibuster.
“This is a nomination that should be confirmed and should have been confirmed months ago. David Hamilton is a fine judge and will make a good addition to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement.
Obama nominated Hamilton, a federal district judge, on March 17. Hamilton was Obama’s first judicial pick. There are 10 judicial nominations pending on the Senate’s calendar.