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Senate Confirms Conservative Judge Leon Holmes

Despite the efforts of some liberal GOPers, this one got through

On July 6, by a vote of 51 to 46, the Senate approved the nomination of Leon Holmes to a federal district judgeship in Arkansas.

Holmes was strongly opposed by pro-abortion groups and homosexual activists. Part of the opposition stems from Holmes’ support for the traditional Christian view of marriage. Holmes, a devout Catholic, had written with his wife an article on marriage in which they stated that “the wife is to subordinate herself to the husband” and that “the woman is to place herself under the authority of the man.”

Holmes’ confirmation came as a surprise to even seasoned Washington insiders, and was secured only after Republican leaders obtained the votes of both of Louisiana’s Democrat senators and liberal Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.).

Arkansas’ two Democrat senators–Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln–have supported Holmes all along.

His nomination was tied up for 17 months, chiefly by Republican liberals–including both of Maine’s Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

Other Republicans, including Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.-Tex.) and John Warner (R.-Va.), voted against the nomination as well.

A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of the nomination of Leon Holmes to a federal district judgeship. A “no” vote was a vote against the nomination.

For the Nomination: 51 Against the Nomination: 46
REPUBLICANS FOR (45):
Alexander
Allard
Allen
Bennett
Bond
Brownback
Bunning
Burns
Campbell
Chambliss
Cochran
Coleman
Cornyn
Craig
Crapo
DeWine
Dole
Domenici
Ensign
Enzi
Fitzgerald
Frist
Graham (S.C.)
Grassley
Gregg
Hagel
Hatch
Inhofe
Kyl
Lott
Lugar
McCain
McConnell
Nickles
Roberts
Santorum
Sessions
Shelby
Smith
Specter
Stevens
Sununu
Talent
Thomas
Voinovich

DEMOCRATS FOR (6):
Breaux
Landrieu
Lincoln
Miller
Nelson (Neb.)
Pryor

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (5):
Chafee
Collins
Hutchison
Snowe
Warner

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (40):
Akaka
Baucus
Bayh
Biden
Bingaman
Boxer
Byrd
Cantwell
Carper
Clinton
Conrad
Corzine
Daschle
Dayton
Dodd
Dorgan
Durbin
Feingold
Feinstein
Graham (Fla.)
Harkin
Hollings
Inouye
Johnson
Kennedy
Kohl
Lautenberg
Leahy
Levin
Lieberman
Mikulski
Murray
Nelson (Fla.)
Reed (R.I.)
Reid (Nev.)
Rockefeller
Sarbanes
Schumer
Stabenow
Wyden

INDEPENDENTS AGAINST (1):
Jeffords

NOT VOTING: 3

REPUBLICANS (1): DEMOCRATS (2):
Murkowski Edwards
Kerry
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