President Barack Obama has chosen Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Keenan for one of five vacancies on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House said Monday.

Keenan was the choice of the state’s two Democratic senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner. She has been on Virginia’s highest court since 1991, after previously serving at every other level of the state’s judiciary. She was the first female judge elected in the state when she won a district court seat in Fairfax County in 1980, and she would be the first female judge from Virginia on the Richmond-based 4th Circuit.

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