Nancy Moritz

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of Kansas Supreme Court justice Nancy Moritz to the federal appeals court that handles cases from six western and Plains states.

The Senate voted 90-3 yesterday to confirm Moritz to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The only votes against Moritz came from Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho.

Moritz grew up in Tipton, Kansas, and earned her law degree from Washburn University in 1985.

Obama Picks Kansas Justice for Federal Appeals Court

Aug 2, 2013

President Barack Obama has nominated a Kansas Supreme Court justice to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Obama's selection of Justice Nancy Moritz drew an immediate endorsement from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, who has often criticized the president's policies.

Moran says Moritz is "highly qualified" and that he intends to vote for her confirmation.

The Denver-based court reviews cases from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.