Former state attorney general confirmed to US Court of Appeals

Former state attorney general confirmed to US Court of Appeals

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Trump's nomination of Honolulu attorney Mark Bennett to serve as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The confirmation came by a bipartisan vote of 72-27 on Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, says bipartisanship is the way the process is supposed to work.

"Even though we were on different sides of the aisle, Mark was never difficult to work with, because he never had a partisan agenda," Schatz said, in a statement. "He approached every issue by focusing on the substance and how we could make things better for Hawaii."

Schatz served in the state Legislature while Bennett served as the state attorney general under Gov. Linda Lingle.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, also had good things to say about Bennett.

"Mark is recognized as one of the best qualified lawyers in the State of Hawaii," Hirono said, in a statement. "I have every confidence that Mark will put his skills and experience to good use on the bench as a fair and impartial judge, beholden to nothing but the law and the Constitution."

Judge Bennett was nominated to the court on Feb. 15, 2018. He has been a director at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, where he specialized in civil appellate litigation and government relations since 2011.

The judge will maintain chambers in Honolulu.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeals of cases decided by executive branch agencies and federal trial courts in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions.

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