Lance, who served two terms as attorney general, left office two years ago for the judgeship rather than seek a third term, and the appointment’s been in the works ever since. President Bush nominated him for the post on Nov. 20, 2003.
Lance is a former national commander of the American Legion and a former state legislator.
In a joint news release, Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation said Lance’s nomination “had been languishing because of objections from Democrats.”
Lance is a Republican.