Senate advances Brady nomination to final confirmation vote

April 10, 2019

The U.S. Senate voted 56-43 on Wednesday to limit debate and proceed to a final vote on the confirmation of Fort Wayne attorney Holly Brady as a federal judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

The vote was mostly along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate. Under recently adopted new rules, Senate debate on Brady’s nomination is limited to two hours.

Brady, 49, would fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen and the pending transfer of Northern Indiana District Chief Judge Theresa Springman from the court’s Fort Wayne office to its Hammond office.

Brady is a partner in the Fort Wayne law firm Haller & Colvin, where she has practiced civil, employment and labor law.

President Donald Trump nominated Brady in April 2018, and the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced her nomination to the full Senate by a party-line 11-10 vote last June. The Democrats’ main opposition to her at the time appeared to stem from their lingering resentment over the GOP majority’s refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for an open seat on the Supreme Court in 2016.

Brady’s original nomination had been supported by both of Indiana’s senators, Republican Todd Young and Democrat Joe Donnelly, who lost his re-election bid last year to Republican Mike Braun. Trump renominated Brady for the federal bench in January after a new term of Congress began.