The Senate on Monday voted 72-to-16 to confirm Judge Andre M. Davis to a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Davis has been a judge since 1987, and a federal trial judge since 1995. He was first nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President Clinton in 2000, wasn't confirmed then, and was renominated by President Obama in April.
Judge Davis fills the first of what had been five vacancies on the Fourth Circuit. Two judges from North Carolina, Judge Jim Wynn of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Judge Albert Diaz on the North Carolina Business Court, were nominated to the Fourth Circuit last week. Their nominations are pending.