Amul Thapar

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says a Kentucky judge nominated for the appeals court will get a vote in the Senate.

McConnell said the Senate will vote on the confirmation of U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar on Thursday. Republican President Donald Trump nominated Thapar to a vacancy on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thapar was the U.S. attorney for eastern Kentucky before former President George W. Bush appointed him to the District Court in 2008. The White House says Thapar was the first federal judge of South Asian descent.

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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."