ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Senate confirmed an Alaska Supreme Court justice Thursday to fill a vacancy on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senators voted 95-3 to accept the nomination of Morgan Christen, who becomes the first Alaska woman to serve on the 9th Circuit. Voting no were Republicans Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and David Vitter of Louisiana.
Christen, 50, said after the vote she was pleased by the outcome.
“It’s quite overwhelming and humbling, for sure,” she said. “I really didn’t know what to expect.”