By a voice vote, the U.S. Senate today confirmed Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who serves on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, released a statement saying, “As a member of the Arizona Supreme Court for nearly a decade, Justice Hurwitz has proved an able jurist. While I understand the concern expressed by some of my colleagues, I believe it is misplaced. To my knowledge, he has never allowed his personal views to improperly influence judicial decisions. His record gives me confidence that he will continue to judge cases strictly on their merits.”
The Associated Press reported that the Senate confirmed Hurwitz, “despite opposition from Republican opponents on Monday to bringing the nomination to a vote.” The report noted, “Hurwitz once clerked for U.S. District Judge Jon Newman of Connecticut, who in 1972 wrote two opinions that were the forerunners of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion four decades ago.”
Both Kyl and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) supported Hurwitz’s nomination.
For some background on the judge, click here.