- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

MIAMI — The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm two men as the newest federal judges in Florida.

Florida’s senators announced the confirmations Wednesday of Rodney Smith to serve on the bench in South Florida and Thomas Barber for a seat in the state’s middle district.

Smith is a former Miami-Dade assistant county attorney, prosecutor and county judge who has served since 2012 as a circuit judge. Barber was a prosecutor and county judge in Tampa and has been a circuit judge there since 2008.

The Senate has now confirmed five of President Donald Trump’s nominees for lifetime positions the federal bench in Florida.

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