Nashville Lawyer Stranch Confirmed for 6th Circuit Judgeship

Jane Branstetter Stranch, a second-generation Nashville attorney active in civic affairs, was confirmed by the Senate on Monday to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, reports the Tennessean.
Stranch, 56, was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2009 and approved by a vote of 71-21. Her nomination had been the longest pending among those proposed by Obama for the appeals courts.
These judgeships are important because they hear appeals from federal district courts and set precedent within that circuit. The 6th Circuit hears appeals from federal courts in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.
While Stranch’s nomination attracted little controversy itself, she was caught up in the broader fight between Republicans and Democrats over the confirmation of judicial nominees — a political battle that goes back through the last few presidencies.
And here’s Sen. Lamar Alexander’s comment on the confirmation:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on his vote today to confirm Jane Stranch to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit:
“As governor, I appointed about 50 judges. I didn’t ask them their politics; I didn’t ask them how they felt about the issues. I tried to determine if they had the character and the intelligence and the temperament to be a judge, whether they would treat people before the bench with courtesy and, most important, whether they were determined to be impartial to litigants before the court. I am convinced that Jane Stranch will be that kind of judge.”
The Senate confirmed Stranch by a vote of 71-21.

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