Ahead of the vote Massachusetts Sens. John KerryJohn KerryTrump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address Hillary Clinton under microscope at inauguration Overnight Tech: Meet the key players for Trump on tech | Patent chief staying on | Kerry aide goes to Snapchat | Uber's M settlement MORE (D) and Scott Brown (R) praised Hillman.

"I think both of us believe that the president could not have nominated individual than Judge Hillman," Kerry said.

Kerry said he and Brown set up a "team" of attorneys who screen candidates before either senator "even looks at them." He added that he and Brown are "extremely pleased" with the process of Hillman's selection.
 
Brown described Hillman as "a man of great integrity."

"I rise today to endorse the nomination of Judge Timothy Hillman as District Judge for the District of Massachusetts," Brown said. "Judge Hillman is a man of integrity who will make us proud as the next federal judge of Massachusetts."

"So in closing I enthusiastically support Judge Hillman's nomination as a judge," Brown continued. He said he hopes Hillman could be confirmed unanimously.