There was lots of movement Thursday on the South Florida judicial front in Washington.
By a voice vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Darrin Gayles and Beth Bloom to fill two South Florida vacancies on the federal bench.
Cloture also was approved by the full Senate to bring debate to a close on the nomination of U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum in Fort Lauderdale to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. A floor vote on her nomination is expected Monday afternoon.
Rosenbaum would replace Judge Rosemary Barkett, who retired last year to join the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal International Arbitration Court at The Hague.
Rosenbaum has been a rising judicial star, moving since 2007 from federal prosecutor to federal magistrate and the district bench.
Gayles and Bloom were nominated to replace U.S. District Judges Patricia Seitz and Donald Graham, who became senior judges in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Bloom has served on the circuit bench since 2010. She was a county court judge in Miami from 1995 to 2010 and served as the associate administrative judge of the criminal division in 2010.
Gayles has been a circuit judge since 2011 and previously served as a federal and state prosecutor.