The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Bridget Bade to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bade, who has served as a magistrate judge in the District of Arizona since 2012, was approved by the full senate in a 78-21 vote.
Bade was originally nominated to the Ninth Circuit in August 2018 and renominated in January after her initial nomination expired without a full Senate vote. She fills a seat vacated in 2016 when Judge Barry Silverman took senior status. Bade’s elevation to the Ninth Circuit comes after she impressed the White House legal shop during her interview.
Bade’s confirmation marks the fourth appointment by President Donald Trump to the Ninth Circuit, a court that he has frequently criticized for ruling against his administration. Trump has also appointed Mark Bennett, Ryan Nelson and Eric Miller to Ninth Circuit seats based in Hawaii, Idaho and Washington, respectively. Bade’s addition to the Ninth Circuit bench will mean that nine of the court’s 25 current judges were appointed by Republican presidents. Two more Trump nominees—Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins, both of California—received a confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary earlier this month and await a vote by the committee.