A federal judge in Kentucky has cleared a major hurdle in his bid to joins a federal appeals court.
Amul Thapar of Covington won approval on Thursday from the Senate Judiciary Committee after being nominated by President Trump for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The district includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan.
In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky congratulated Thapar following the vote.
"Judge Thapar has a distinguished record of public service," said McConnell. "He is a well-qualified jurist, and a man of integrity, who will bring a top legal mind to serve on the Sixth Circuit."