- Associated Press - Friday, November 17, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina lawyer has been confirmed for a U.S. District judgeship.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Spartanburg attorney Don Coggins to be a federal judge.

The 58-year-old attorney was first nominated by President Obama in February 2016 and his confirmation was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee but delayed by the full Senate.

President Trump re-nominated Coggins in August.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s very pleased with Coggins; confirmation.

The confirmation fills a vacancy that has been open since 2014. Coggins becomes one of nine full-time federal district judges in the state.

President Trump has also nominated Marvin Quattlebaum Jr. of Greenville to fill another district judgeship in South Carolina that has been vacant since 2013.

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