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Senate to vote on Diane Humetewa as federal judge in Arizona

Diane Humetewa
Diane Humetewa

UPDATE: The Senate voted 96 to 0 to confirm Diane Humetewa.

The Senate is set to vote today on the nomination of Diane Humetewa to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.

Humetewa is a member of the Hopi Tribe. She has worked for the Department of Justice and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and she served as U.S. Attorney for Arizona during the second half of the Bush administration.

"Hers is an historic nomination," Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said this morning. "If confirmed, Diane Humetewa would be the first Native American to serve on the federal bench."

"I know that her varied experience a prosecutor and as a judge has served her well," added Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona).

A vote on Humetewa's nomination is expected later this afternoon, according to the Senate schedule.

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