Senate Confirms Iowa Judge
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Monday approved the nomination of Michael Melloy to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the chamber's first approval of a circuit court judge this year.
Melloy was approved on a 91-0 vote.
The 11-member appeals court is based in St. Louis. The vacancy was created when Judge George Fagg of Des Moines, Iowa, took senior judge status.
Melloy, 53, a Republican, is a native of Dubuque, Iowa, who has served on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids since 1992. He previously served six years as a U.S. bankruptcy judge.
He received a bachelor's degree from Loras College in 1970 and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974 before entering private practice in Dubuque.
The Senate also confirmed Jay Zainey of Louisiana to be a U.S. District Court judge in Louisiana. He was approved on a 92-0 vote.
Zainey received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans in 1973 and a law degree from LSU in 1975. He served as president of the Louisiana state bar from 1995-96.
Zainey has served as an ad hoc judge in the first parish court and juvenile court in Jefferson Parish. He was also a campaign aide to ex-Gov. David Treen.
After his nomination, the Metairie lawyer withdrew his family's membership from a Jefferson Parish country club after questions were raised about whether it discriminates against blacks.
There are currently 97 vacancies in the federal judiciary. There are 56 nominations pending before the Senate.