The Senate Judiciary Committee approved O'Fallon attorney Staci Yandle for a federal judgeship in the Southern District of Illinois.
The next step for Yandle is approval by the full Senate.
"Ms. Yandle's nomination is not only historic, it is well deserved," said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Our bipartisan screening committee chose Yandle based on her extensive trial experience, her commitment to her community and her record of professional integrity. I look forward to voting in favor of her nomination on the floor of the Senate soon."
Yandle will serve in Benton after her confirmation. U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert assumed senior status, a form of semi-retirement, on March 15.
Yandle has owned her own practice in O'Fallon since 2007. She previously worked at The Rex Carr Law Firm. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University School of Law. She lives in Carlyle.
In April 2013, Durbin established a bipartisan screen committee to assist in selecting federal judges for southern Illinois. The committee was chaired by Lois Wood, the Land of Lincoln Executive Director, and George W. Timberlake, the former chief judge of the Illinois Second Judicial Circuit.
Durbin reviewed the screening committee's recommendations, interviewed the finalists and, in consultation with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), submitted the recommendations to the Pres. Barack Obama, who made the final decision on nominees.