Tuesday, March 26, 2019

CONFIRMED! Arizona's Bridget Bade Moves To 9th Circuit Judgeship On Bipartisan Vote (BREAKING)

UPDATE, 2:15pm: Here is the rollcall vote from today's 78-21 vote. Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and 24 other Democrats voted "aye". (And, of the 21 who voted "nay", 6 of those are running for the Democratic Presidential nomination.)

Martha McSally, Arizona's Republican Senator, issued a statement welcoming Bade to the 9th Circuit. "Judge Bade has demonstrated a commitment to impartiality, careful legal reasoning, & the rule of law over her long career in public service & as a magistrate judge. Arizonans will now have a more balanced 9th Circuit Court thanks to her confirmation."

Arizona Magistrate Judge Bridget Bade was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today for a judgeship on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a bipartisan vote of 78-21. Her confirmtion was the first bipartisan approval of a President Trump-nominated appellate judge this year, and becomes one of only seven bipartisan confirmations during the Trump presidency.

The Ninth Circuit public information office tells Arizona's Politics that it is not yet determined when Bade will take the oath of office for this lifetime appointment, and that it will mostly depend upon wrapping up her duties as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Phoenix.

Per research by Arizona's Politics and the Judicial Nominations blog, only four other Trump nominations for the appellate bench have garnered more affirmative votes. Those are Judges Erickson (8th Circuit), Richardson (4th), St. Eve and Scudder (both 7th). She is the 37th confirmed Circuit Court judge nominated by President Trump.

As Arizona's Politics has reported, Bade's nomination likely drew more bi-partisan support than others because of her non-political background. In addition, Bade's nomination was recommended to the Trump Administration by Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake early last year.

Arizona has two other nominations in the queue. Former counsel to Governor Doug Ducey has been nominated for a U.S. District Court position in Arizona. Mike Bailey, former chief deputy to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, has been tapped for the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

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