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Senate unanimously confirms Brooks


WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously confirmed Fayetteville lawyer Timothy L. Brooks to the federal bench on Wednesday.

Voting 100 to 0, the Senate approved the nomination of Brooks to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which includes Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Harrison, Hot Springs and Texarkana.

Moments before the vote, Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., took to the Senate floor to support his confirmation.

“I am proud to stand before my colleagues and offer my support for his nomination,” Boozman said.

Brooks confirmation came after the Senate voted, 59 to 41, largely along party lines, to overcome a procedural hurdle that Senate Republicans have thrown up against most of Obama’s nominations – including those with widespread support. The Republicans remain upset that Democrats lowered the “filibuster” threshold from a 60-vote majority to 50-vote majority.

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.

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.