The Hawaii Senate confirmed a former U.S. Attorney as a state court judge, The Honolulu Advertiser reported today.
Only one senator voted against ex-U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo, a Republican, for a seat on Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. Kubo’s confirmation had been in doubt after a Senate committee that considers judicial nominees voted 3-3 on the nomination last week.
Democratic state Sen. Brian Taniguchi, the panel chairman, voted against Kubo in committee, but changed his position on the former U.S. Attorney after meeting with him to discuss his concerns. The Hawaii Senate typically takes its cues on confirmation votes from the leaders of the relevant Senate committee.
“I’m just very thankful, not only for being considered by the governor and by the Senate, I am very appreciative for all the people and everything that they’ve done in stepping forward,” Kubo told reporters, according to the newspaper.
Kubo, who has strong support from the Hawaii legal community, served as U.S. Attorney from 2001 until the end of September 2009, when Florence Nakakuni, President Obama’s choice for U.S. Attorney, was sworn in. Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) nominated Kubo last month to succeed former First Circuit Judge Frances Wong, who has retired from the Oahu-based court.