The U.S. Senate confirmed Baltimore Circuit Judge George L. Russell III for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on Monday.
Russell, who has presided over 2,700 cases since 2007, will fill a vacancy created by the 2008 retirement of Judge Peter Messitte. The Senate confirmed Russell in a unanimous voice vote.
The University of Maryland graduate and Baltimore resident was nominated by President Barack Obama for the federal bench in November.
"As a 'home grown' Marylander, he will bring the right values to the bench, having a firsthand understanding of what people in their communities face," Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said in a statement.