Fifteen years after a decisive defeat at the hands of a Republican Senate, Ronnie White is on his way to the federal bench.
The former Missouri Supreme Court Justice was approved by the Senate, now controlled by Democrats, to serve as a judge in the Eastern District of Missouri on Wednesday afternoon, 53-44. The vote marks a significant turnaround from 1999, when White was turned away from the federal bench in a party line vote and cast by Republicans as soft on crime.
“It’s not often that the Senate has a chance to go back and fix a grievous error that occurred in our history. And that error occurred in 1999 when a good and qualified man was defeated in the United States Senate,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who served as Missouri’s state auditor at the time. “This is a mainstream jurist. This is not someone who is outside of the mainstream.”