"There is not much doubt about her fitness to serve on the Court of Appeals," said Alexander, who went on to call her a "pioneer" for her role as an African-American woman in pushing for integration in Tennessee.

Republican Sens. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterSenate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly Planned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge MORE (La.) and Jim DeMint (S.C.) voted against the nomination.