The U.S. Senate voted 95-0 Tuesday to confirm Associate Justice Geoffrey Crawford's nomination to the U.S. District Court.
Crawford will replace U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions, who accepted senior status this month. Crawford will join Judge Christina Reiss on the federal bench for the Vermont district.
Crawford joined the Vermont Supreme Court in October, replacing retiring Justice Brian Burgess, who was appointed by former Republican Gov. Jim Douglas in 2005. Crawford was nominated to the federal post by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Crawford's departure leaves a vacancy on the Vermont Supreme Court, which will be filled by a nominee from a list to be submitted to Gov. Peter Shumlin.