Senate confirms White as federal judge in Missouri

4 years 3 months 1 day ago Wednesday, July 16 2014 Jul 16, 2014 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:04:05 PM CDT July 16, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former Missouri Supreme Court judge from St. Louis whose two previous nominations to federal judgeships were blocked in Washington has been confirmed by the Senate to a U.S. District Court seat.

The Senate voted 53-44 Wednesday to confirm Ronnie White's nomination by President Obama. He was previously nominated to the post by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and 1999.

The 61-year-old, White was the first black judge on the state Supreme Court, serving in Jefferson City from 1995 to 2007. That stint included two years as chief justice. He's currently a lawyer in private practice in St. Louis.

Former Republican Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri helped derail White's second nomination. Ashcroft said the Democratic judge was "pro-criminal" and soft on the death penalty and drug law enforcement.

 

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