Updated Thursday, July 17 to include a statement from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).
Seventeen years after his first nomination, former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White has been approved for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Missouri.
The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm his appointment Wednesday.
It was a long journey that began in 1997 when President Bill Clinton nominated White for a seat on the Eastern District Court of Missouri. At the time he was the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.