U.S. Senate confirms new federal district judge for the southern half of Mississippi

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The U.S. Senate has confirmed a 37-year-old attorney as a new federal district judge for the southern half of Mississippi.

Taylor B. McNeel of Pascagoula, who has been involved in Republican politics, was nominated this year by President Donald Trump.

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The Senate voted 53-39 Tuesday to confirm McNeel to the lifetime position.  He succeeds Judge Louis Guirola Jr. who retired from full-time judicial service in March 2018.

McNeel is the second new federal district judge for southern Mississippi confirmed in recent weeks.

On November 17th, the Senate confirmed Kristi Johnson of Brandon to succeed Judge Keith Starrett, who retired from full-time judicial service in April 2019.