WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Lee Philip Rudofsky as U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
The vote was 51-41, with nine senators absent.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote last month, had supported his nomination.
Rudofsky, Arkansas' former solicitor general who has also served as Walmart Inc.'s senior director of its global anti-corruption compliance team, had the backing of the state's two Republican U.S. senators: John Boozman and Tom Cotton.
An American Bar Association panel had ranked Rudofsky as "qualified."