Senate plans Wednesday vote on Brooks confirmation

WASHINGTON – The Senate expects to advance the confirmation of Fayetteville lawyer Timothy L. Brooks to the federal bench on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had scheduled the vote for Monday but a late-winter storm has pushed the vote back two days.

After dispensing with a procedural hurdle on Wednesday that will likely fall largely along partisan lines, Brooks should be easily confirmed to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which includes Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Harrison, Hot Springs and Texarkana.***

Brooks and other judicial nominees have seen their confirmations delayed over partisan infighting over Senate rules on filibusters.

President Barack Obama first nominated Brooks to serve on the federal bench last June but the Senate did not hold a confirmation vote before the year ended. Obama resubmitted his nomination in June. The Senate Judiciary Committee, once again, cleared his confirmation without objection.

Reid last week asked for unanimous consent to approve Brooks and three other district judge nominees but Republicans objected. The Senate then scheduled a procedural vote for Monday evening but snow and ice forced a two-day delay.

Brooks is a partner at Taylor Law Partners in Fayetteville, where he has worked since 1989 after graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

***This article has been corrected from its original version, which incorrectly described the region covered by the Wester District of Arkansas.