The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. This is the second appointment lawmakers have made to the busy appeals court this year. Senators voted 94-0 to confirm Judge Carnes, elevating her to the circuit court role after more than two decades on the federal bench in the Northern District of Georgia. The vote came after she won the support of state’s senators — Republicans Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson — on the Senate floor.
Judge Carnes, who was chief judge of the Northern District before her confirmation, was selected for the appeals court bench by President Obama in December. Before taking on a judicial role in 1992, Judge Carnes had already put together a distinguished career in public service.
With her confirmation, Judge Carnes becomes the 10th circuit judge confirmed by the Senate this year, and the second judge confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit. Former Florida federal judge Robin S. Rosenbaum won confirmation to the appeals court in May. Senators have also confirmed nominees to the First, Third, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits. There are still two vacancies on the 11th Circuit. Hopefully, they will be filled very soon.
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