The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment Thursday of a senior Baltimore prosecutor and a lawyer at the Homeland Security Department as new federal judges to sit on the Maryland bench.
George J. Hazel, who was the top deputy in the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, was confirmed nomination unanimously.
"I have been tremendously appreciative and proud of the opportunity to serve the citizens of Baltimore City for the past three and a half years," Hazel said in a statement, "and I look forward to continuing to serve the public in this important position."
Hazel received his law degree in 1999 from Georgetown University Law Center and has also worked as a federal prosecutor in Maryland. His current and former bosses, Gregg L. Bernstein and Rod J. Rosenstein, hailed the confirmation, as did Maryland's two U.S. Senators.
The other new judge, Theodore David Chuang, faced a rockier path to confirmation. His nomination was approved 53-42, over objections from some Republican Senators about his role in an investigation into attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.