The U.S. Senate on Thursday night unanimously endorsed John Lungstrum, a Lawrence attorney, to a federal judgeship in Kansas.
Lungstrum, 45, was nominated earlier this year by President Bush to the U.S. District Court in Kansas.
He will replace U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels, who is assuming senior status. Lungstrum will serve in the district court in Kansas City, Kan. The job pays $125,100 a year.
Lungstrum is a partner in a law firm in Lawrence. He is a 1967 undergraduate of Yale University and earned his law degree from Kansas University in 1970.
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously endorsed Lungstrum earlier Thursday and the full Senate confirmed him by unanimous consent during a wrap-up session Thursday night.
"Overwhelming support by both the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate shows that John is an outstanding man with impeccable credentials," Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., said in a prepared statement. "He will serve Kansas and the (U.S.) District Court well."
Lungstrum, who was teaching a class at KU's law school this morning, said he was informed of the vote at 7:50 a.m. today.
"Needless to say I am delighted and honored," Lungstrum said.
Lungstrum said that when Bush returns to Washington, D.C., from a campaign trip, the president will sign the final paperwork necessary before Lungstrum is sworn in and starts work.
"That will probably happen sometime next week," Lungstrum said. "I am ready to go just as soon as that happens. I will be sworn in and will begin work right away."
Lungstrum, a partner in Stevens, Brand, Lungstrum, Golden and Winter law firm, said he closed out his local law practice Thursday.
He said he will finish teaching a class this fall at KU's law school and may continue teaching.
He will remain living in Lawrence and will commute to his new office in Kansas City, Kan.