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Wyoming’s First Lady Confirmed as Federal Judge

Posted May 6, 2010 9:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Wyoming’s first lady, Nancy Freudenthal, has won confirmation to a seat on the federal bench, making her the state’s first female federal judge.

Freudenthal was confirmed on a vote of 96 to 1, according to the Washington Post blog 44. According to the blog, the vote “marked a return to the Senate's historic acceptance of family members of well-connected politicians winning appointments to the federal bench and posts inside administrations.”

Freudenthal’s husband, Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, had recommended his wife for consideration along with a state judge and another lawyer. Responding last May to criticism about the recommendation, the governor said his wife shouldn't be "penalized for having married me."

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