By Fiona Condon
Washington, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Providence Lawyer John J. McConnell for a federal judgeship in the US District Court in Rhode Island.
The committee voted 13 to 6 to approve the nomination, with lone Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina among McConnell's supporters.
"I am incredibly honored by the action that the Senate Judiciary Committee took today," McConnell told WRNI just moments after today's vote.
His nomination has been challenged by the US Chamber of Commerce, which claims that his history of prosecuting businesses makes McConnell a partisan judge. However, it is likely that his confirmation will go through when his nomination goes before the full Senate.