Ronnie White

via the Missouri Courts website

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.

Missouri Supreme Court

Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor. The committee's 10-7 affirmative vote makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.

Here's the original story about White's nomination from April:

White photo from Missouri Supreme Court, Harpool photo provided by his law firm

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White will have his fourth shot to be a federal judge, as a result of President Barack Obama’s decision Monday to renominate  judicial nominees who had been blocked by Republicans.

White is among two Missourians on the new judicial list sent to the U.S. Senate. The other is former state Rep. M. Douglas Harpool of Springfield, who also saw his earlier nomination die late last year.

(Mo. Supreme Court)

After three finalists were announced in September, Missouri now has a new Supreme Court judge. George W. Draper III, currently a judge in the Eastern District Court of Appeals, has been selected by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) for the job, in an announcement released today.