Senate votes to confirm more Arizona judges

The Senate voted to confirm three U.S. district judges for Arizona on Thursday.

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The Senate voted 81-15 to confirm Rosemary Marquez, 77-19 on Douglas, and 95-1 James Soto.

On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) praised Senate action, saying Arizona desperately needed to fill six vacant slots on its district court.

“The federal district court in Arizona has been under tremendous strain these past few years, and the confirmation of these six judges will be a great relief to an overburdened court, one which is consistently ranked as one of the top ten busiest in the country,” McCain said.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to confirm three other Arizona judges.

The Senate also voted 58-36 to end debate on the nomination of Gregg Jeffrey Costa to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit. His final confirmation vote isn’t expected until next week.