Republicans in the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Trump judicial nominee Lawrence VanDyke to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a near party-line 51-44 vote, every Republican except Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted in VanDyke’s favor, while every Democrat voted against.
President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his congratulations to the newly confirmed VanDyke.
Congratulations to JUDGE LAWRENCE VANDYKE on being confirmed to the Ninth Circuit. Great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Prior to his confirmation hearing, the American Bar Association (ABA) in October said that after a formal review of his professional record, a “substantial majority” of the committee found VanDyke was “not qualified” to serve