Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has voted to approve a new federal judge for West Virginia.
Irene Berger was unanimously confirmed Tuesday for a seat on the state's southern U.S. District Court.
A former county and federal prosecutor, Berger has been a Kanawha circuit judge since 1994.
She is the first African-American confirmed for either of West Virginia's federal court districts.
West Virginia democratic Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller recommended Berger to President Barack Obama, who nominated her in July.
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimous endorsed her earlier this month.
Once Obama signs the commission appointing Berger to the federal bunch, she must take judicial and constitutional oaths of office after stepping down from circuit court.
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