Jennifer Dorsey, Courtesy Eric Jamison/Studio J Inc.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved Las Vegas attorney Jennifer Dorsey to become a federal district court judge in Nevada.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recommended Dorsey for the bench and released a statement after Tuesday's 54-41 vote emphasizing her Las Vegas hometown roots.
Dorsey graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Pepperdine University School of Law in California. She is a partner in the Las Vegas firm Kemp, Jones & Coulthard.
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller voted against Dorsey's confirmation.
Heller says he was uncomfortable with financial contributions made to a super PAC associated with Reid while Reid was considering Dorsey's nomination.
Republicans opposed Dorsey's nomination after reports that her law partners donated $150,000 to the PAC.
Dorsey will replace Larry Hicks, who took senior judge status.
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