The U.S. Senate has narrowly cleared the way for a final confirmation vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz to serve on a federal appeals court.
Hurwitz’s departure to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would give Republican Gov. Jan Brewer a third appointment to the five-justice state high court.
The Senate’s vote Monday to end debate on Hurwitz’s nomination was 60-31, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats but one in voting for cloture.
The 60 aye votes were the minimum needed.
Hurwitz is a Democrat who was a prominent Phoenix attorney when he was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2003 by Brewer’s predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano.