LANSING, Mich. (WILX) The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to a seat on a 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Her nomination passed by a 60-38 vote. Michigan's two Democratic Senators broke ranks with their party and voted to confirm her. President Donald Trump nominated Larsen in May. She'd been on the Supreme Court of Michigan since Governor Rick Snyder appointed her to fill an open seat in September of 2015. The Governor released the following statement about Wednesday's vote:
“Joan has served on the Michigan Supreme Court with great honor and distinction. While we are sad to see her leave the Court, I truly appreciate her dedicated work on the bench for the past two years and her devotion to upholding the rule of law. I’m proud that President Trump chose someone from Michigan to serve in this important role.”
The Governor will appoint a new justice to replace Larsen. That person will serve until at least January 1, 2019. The seat is up for election in November 2018. News 10 and wilx.com will update this story when Governor Snyder chooses the next justice.