Fort Wayne attorney Holly Brady has been confirmed as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, becoming the first judge to join that jurisdiction since May 2010.
She was confirmed on a 56-42 vote, apparently picking up some Democratic support. After the Senate voted 56-43 on cloture early Wednesday afternoon, the full Senate confirmed her shortly before 4 p.m.
Brady will fill the seat vacated when Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen took senior status in September 2017. She will be the first new judge to join the Northern Indiana District Court since Jon DeGuilio was confirmed in May 2010. Also, she will join Chief Judge Theresa Springmann as one of only two women judges in the Northern District.
Nominated by President Donald Trump in April 2018, Brady got to the confirmation vote solely on Republican support. She had a rough hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee before being sent to the floor on an 11-10 vote.
However, she had to be renominated after the upper chamber failed to vote on her or more than 40 other nominees to the federal bench before the 115th Congress adjourned in December 2018. Again, the Judiciary Committee approved her nomination on a 12-10 party-line vote
Brady, a 1994 graduate of Valparaiso University Law School, is an attorney at Haller & Colvin, P.C. in Fort Wayne. She has practiced in state and federal courts, handling primarily employment and labor law cases.