Cleveland woman confirmed by U.S. Senate to federal bench in Youngstown

Cleveland Plain Dealer

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the historic judicial appointment of Benita Pearson of Cleveland to the federal court in Youngstown.

Pearson, 47, is the first black woman to hold a federal judgeship in Ohio. The Senate vote sealing the appointment came more than a year after President Barack Obama nominated Pearson.

She was one of three recommended by Sens. Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich to replace Judge Peter Economus, who is assuming senior status.

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