In Sandoval's 2005 Senate confirmation hearing for the bench, senators from both sides praised him. "There has been a lot of squabbling in recent years here with judges," Reid said at the time. "Brian Sandoval will cause no squabbles. Everyone will vote for him. He is a class act." "[He is] somebody we both agree is an outstanding choice for the bench," said then-Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. "He is going to make a great judge, no question," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a top Republican on the Senate panel in charge of considering all judicial nominations.