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Senate Confirms Houston Prosecutor to Federal Bench
Posted By Elizabeth Murphy On April 26, 2012 @ 2:22 pm In News | Comments Disabled
The Senate voted to confirm Houston federal prosecutor’s Gregg Costa to the federal bench Thursday, coming a month after lawmakers struck a deal to end a confirmation logjam.
Costa, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, was confirmed  as a district judge in the Southern District of Texas by a vote of 97-2. Recently, Costa has been widely praised  for his work securing a win for the Justice Department in the high-profile financial fraud trial of R. Allen Stanford.
Costa was nominated Sept. 9 and received the highest judicial rating — unanimously well qualified — from the American Bar Association. He also has the support of the two Texas Republican senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination in December, but a vote before the full Senate was delayed.
A deal  to move nominations was brokered last month, came after Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened to force full roll call votes on 17 stalled nominees, which would have effectively brought the Senate to a standstill.
Costa joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2005. Before that, he worked in private practice in Houston and as a Bristow Fellow  in the Office of the Solicitor General at the Justice Department. He also clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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