The U.S. Senate confirmed Wendy Vitter as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by a vote of 52 to 45 on Thursday (May 16).
Vitter is a Louisiana native and wife to former Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
Vitter has been widely criticized by Democrats and the NAACP, who pointed out that she refused to say that the Brown v. Board of Education decision was correct.
“Wendy Vitter is nominated to the same court which ordered the admission of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school in the South,” the group said in a press release. “The refusal by Vitter and other nominees to embrace Brown is deeply offensive to this history and to the rule of law itself.”
Both of Lousiana’s Republican U.S. Senators, John N. Kennedy, and Bill Cassidy voted in favor of her appointment and have championed her nomination.
“Congratulations to Wendy on being confirmed by the full Senate today,” Senator Cassidy said. “She is immensely qualified to serve, and I wish her success in upholding the Constitution on behalf of the good people of the Eastern District.”
“Wendy is whip smart and articulate. She appreciates the rule of law,” said Senator Kennedy. “She will serve the state of Louisiana well.”
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