Matthew J. Kacsmaryk has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to succeed Judge Mary Lou Robinson as a federal judge for the Northern District of Texas.
This week, the U.S. Senate voted 52-46 along party lines to confirm Kacsmaryk to the bench in Amarillo, with all Democrats and independents Angus King (I-Maine) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) voting against the confirmation. Democrats Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) were counted as not voting on the matter.
Kacsmaryk’s confirmation comes after President Donald Trump first nominated the First Liberty Institute attorney to the bench in September 2017. Kacsmaryk’s nomination proved to be a divisive one, with Democrats and LGBT advocacy groups slamming the nominee for his comments on LGBT rights.
Kacsmaryk is now awaiting his judicial commission. Kacsmaryk is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Abilene Christian University and will be the second UT Law graduate to serve on the bench, as Judge Robinson also attended UT, according to her Wikipedia biography.