U.S. Senate confirms Lawrence VanDyke to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Lawrence VanDyke to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The final vote was 51 to 44 in favor of confirmation.
VanDyke previously served as Solicitor General of Nevada and Montana.
Nevada's two Senators, Jackie Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto, both Democrats, opposed VanDyke's nomination. Sen. Cortez Masto released a statement, saying "His nomination sets a dangerous precedent for the Senate and would allow future administrations to nominate virtual outsiders to communities across the country over senators’ objections."
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals jurisdiction includes Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.