United States Senators unanimously approved Omaha attorney Robert Rossiter, Jr. to the federal bench.
Rossiter will succeed federal District Judge Joseph Battaillon, who took senior status in October of 2014.
Sen. Deb Fischer took to the Senate floor to praise Rossiter, who she and former Sen. Mike Johanns recommended to President Barack Obama.
“Whether Bob is working on federal and state employment litigation or administrative agency investigations, he always demonstrates an admirable commitment to integrity and to the rule of law,” Fischer told fellow senators.
Fischer and Johanns considered about 20 applicants before forwarding the president Rossiter’s name. Sen. Ben Sasse, who succeeded Johanns, supported Rossiter’s nomination.
Rossiter is a partner at Fraser Stryker law firm in Omaha, a graduate of Creighton University School of Law, and formerly clerked for federal District Judge Arlen Beam.
The nomination hung in limbo for a while. Obama nominated Rossiter more than a year ago. The Senate Monday voted 90-0 to confirm his nomination.