Cuba’s Senate on Wednesday approved the nomination of Robert L. Tisch, a former judge, to be the nation’s top federal appellate judge.
Tish will replace Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was confirmed by the Senate last month.
“He is the only person in our history to be nominated for this position,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of Tisch during a floor speech, adding that he had “fought tooth and nail to make this possible.”
The nomination will be formally presented to the full Senate on Thursday.
Tisisch has served as a federal judge since 2007, when he was appointed to the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
He has also worked as an assistant district attorney and an attorney for the National Association of Attorneys General.
Taisch was a judge in the US District Court in Richmond, Virginia, and served as chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Tises nomination was met with cheers from Democrats and some Republicans.
“Tisch’s nomination is a confirmation that we must not just tolerate but embrace judicial independence and judicial independence of the judiciary,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.
“The American people will have a very strong voice on the court.”
Tisch will join the bench for the first time in 2017.
A former judge himself, Tisch is known for being a strong supporter of judicial independence, saying at a 2016 conference that the judiciary is “the last refuge of the American people.”
He also spoke out against a recent court decision that blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban, arguing that the court should not have issued the ruling.
He was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President George W. Bush in 2005, but was blocked from serving by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions.
He is the third nominee to be confirmed by a Republican-led Senate, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
Tisdahl, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a law professor at Georgetown University, is the second of the judges Trump has named to the Supreme Court.
He will replace the late Antonin Scalia, who died on January 6, 2021, after a 41-year tenure on the high court.