The U.S. Senate on Friday approved the nomination of Judge Robert Whaley to U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, Sens. Patty Murray and Slade Gorton said.
Whaley, a Spokane County Superior Court judge, fielded questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week and was approved by a vote of the full Senate Friday.Said Gorton, “I am very pleased that we will have as able and as intelligent a man as Judge Whaley on the U.S. District Court, and I offer him my heartiest congratulations.”
Murray and Gorton, R-Wash., recommended Whaley for nomination to President Clinton. Whaley will fill the vacancy left by Judge Justin Quackenbush, who is moving into semi-retired senior status.
A replacement for Whaley on the Superior Court bench hasn’t been named. Gov. Mike Lowry could appoint someone, or leave the seat open until the fall election.