Steve Bough’s long wait is over.
The Kansas City lawyer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 51-38 vote Tuesday night to a seat as a federal judge from western Missouri.
Bough, an ally of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, had been nominated in January, and his confirmation had been considered in doubt several times because of partisan infighting in the Senate.
The roll call on Bough was the Senate’s final vote of the year. As the roll call proceeded, The Hill reported that senators hugged and said their farewells for the holidays.
Bough, 44, is a former Jackson County Democratic chair whose “too crude and sexist” blog posts during his tenure drew the ire of Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Grassley opposed Bough and spoke in opposition to him Monday on the Senate floor.
Approving President Barack Obama’s executive and judicial nominees had been a priority of outgoing Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Republicans will take over control of the Senate next year.
The Senate approved dozens of Obama appointees in recent days.