The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Kathryn “Kat” Mizelle to a seat on the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Florida, making her the youngest judge tapped by President Donald Trump to a lifetime appointment despite questions about her limited trial experience.
Mizelle, a Jones Day associate, was confirmed to the seat on a 49-41 vote. She was 33 when she faced scrutiny over her experience during a nomination hearing in September, held shortly after a majority of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary said she was “not qualified” for the seat due to a lack of trial experience.
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