"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 VitterOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator Former senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry MORE (La.) and Jim DeMint (S.C.) voted against the nomination.