Lawyer confirmed as federal judge | 4/10/2018 | Staff
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The U.S. Senate confirmed Fort Wayne attorney Holly A. Brady as a federal judge for the Northern District of Indiana on Wednesday afternoon, a year to the day after she was nominated by President Donald Trump.

The Senate voted 56-42 in favor of confirming Brady. Three Democratic senators – Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona – joined majority Republicans to approve her appointment.

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Brady fills a vacancy left by the senior status of Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen and the pending transfer of Northern Indiana District Chief Judge Theresa Springmann from the U.S. District Court's Fort Wayne division to its Hammond division.

Brady, 49, has been a partner in the Fort Wayne law firm Haller & Colvin, where she practiced civil, employment and labor law. She will be in the Fort Wayne division of the Northern Indiana court.

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Trump nominated Brady on April 10, 2018, and the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended her nomination to the full Senate by a party-line 11-10 vote in June. Democratic senators' opposition to Brady at the time appeared to stem from their lingering resentment over the Republican majority's refusal to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for an open seat on the Supreme Court in 2016.

Brady's original nomination had been supported by both of Indiana's senators, Republican Todd Young and Democrat Joe Donnelly, who lost his reelection bid last year to Republican Mike Braun. Trump renominated Brady for the federal bench in January after a new term of Congress began.

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“Holly Brady will make an outstanding U.S. district court judge in Indiana. Holly has deep roots in the Fort Wayne community and has had a strong federal practice,” Young said in a statement Wednesday after the confirmation vote. “Her credentials are impressive and I believe she will become a strong jurist...
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