The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of an Iowa woman to the United States Court of Appeals on Wednesday. In a vote of 96 to 0 Jane Kelly of Cedar Rapids was confirmed.
Senator Tom Harkin and Senator Charles Grassley recommended Kelly for the position on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in late 2012.
“Jane Kelly has served for more than 20 years in the federal defender’s office, where she has argued hundreds of cases on behalf of indigent clients. She has fought tirelessly to ensure the rights of all are protected and has worked to give meaning to the phrase above the Supreme Court – Equal Justice Under Law.” This is a critically important perspective that she will bring to the court,” said Harkin. “It is not surprising that she enjoys wide, bipartisan support from the Iowa legal community and that her nomination was approved with such strong support in the U.S. Senate.
Kelly becomes only the second female judge in the history to serve on the Eighth Circuit. She will replace retiring Judge Michael Melloy.