- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed a Winston-Salem attorney to a federal judgeship in central North Carolina.

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Loretta Biggs was approved in a voice vote. The confirmation Tuesday evening means she’ll be a U.S. District Court judge in the Middle District of North Carolina, and will fill the seat vacated by James Beaty, who moved to senior status.

Biggs previously served as a state District Court judge and on the state Court of Appeals.

The state chapter of the NAACP identifies Biggs as the first black woman to serve as a lifetime appointed federal judge in North Carolina. The NAACP also wants the Senate to confirm Jennifer May-Parker, a longtime black nominee of the president’s, to a North Carolina Eastern District judgeship.

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