LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a former Arkansas solicitor general as federal judge in Little Rock.

President Donald Trump nominated 40-year-old Lee Philip Rudofsky for the U.S. District Court in eastern Arkansas. The Senate approved the pick Thursday on a party-line vote.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Democratic Sen. Patty Murray from Washington argued against Rudofsky's confirmation, saying he supported abortion restrictions when he was a solicitor general and opposed LGBTQ rights.

Rudofsky had said he'd follow Supreme Court precedent.

Arkansas Republican Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton backed Rudofsky's confirmation.

Rudofsky served as Walmart's senior director of global anti-corruption compliance. He clerked for judges in Massachusetts and Alaska.

Federal district judges can serve for life and earn $210,900 annually.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.