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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jackson attorney Debra Brown for a federal judgeship in north Mississippi.

She will become the first black woman to be a U.S. district judge in the state. A swearing-in ceremony will be set later.

President Barack Obama nominated Brown in May for judgeship presiding over court in Greenville, Miss. The post came open when U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. died in 2012.

Both of Mississippi’s senators, Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, supported Brown in the confirmation vote Monday.

Brown is a Yazoo City native. She graduated with a degree in architecture from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.

She has worked in two Jackson law firms – Wise Carter Child & Caraway; and Phelps Dunbar.

 

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