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Senate confirms appointment of new federal judge for Arizona

Posted at 12:43 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 15:43:10-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's appointment of a lawyer who formerly was Gov. Doug Ducey's top staff attorney to be a U.S. District Court judge for Arizona.

The Senate's 53-37 vote Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Michael Liburdi of Scottsdale to fill a vacancy.

Liburdi served as Ducey's general counsel during Ducey's first term and he currently is a shareholder with the Phoenix office of the firm of Greenberg Traurig.

Arizona's two senators -- Republican Senator Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema -- supported the appointment, which was announced in January.