The U.S. Senate has confirmed 20 judges to the federal bench in Texas during the Trump administration, and it’s now one step closer to filling the last vacancy in the Lone Star State.

Drew Tipton, a Houston litigator nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi, answered senators’ questions during a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He addressed precedent, judicial activism and the application of federal law.