According to the Daily Business Review: (article is behind pay wall)
U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan of Miami was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a 94-5 vote as the newest federal appellate judge after his nomination became an example of Washington gridlock.
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, filed cloture on the nomination of Judge Jordan to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit, setting up this week’s vote.
Special thanks to the Hispanic National Bar association for providing the following back story information:
Judge Jordan was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States at age 6. He excelled at the University of Miami School of Law, then served as a clerk for the U.S. 11th Circuit and later for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. After rising through the ranks at a Miami law firm, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida where he served until his appointment as U.S. District Judge in 1999. He has now served with distinction for over a decade on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Last year President Obama appointed Judge Jordan to fill a seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Growing case backlogs in court had caused the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to declare the vacancy a “judicial emergency.” Judge Jordan’s nomination was met with bipartisan support, a top rating of “well-qualified” from the ABA, and unanimous approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.