According to the White House, López would be Georgia's first Hispanic lifetime-appointed federal judge.
López must be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, and home-state senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue hold the power over whether the Judiciary Committee will take up López's nomination. Their initial reactions were cordial but noncommittal.
The slot on the Northern District of Georgia bench remains unfilled after last year's battle over Judge Michael Boggs, who was blocked by Democrats because of his past views on abortion, gay rights and keeping the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.
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