Simon confirmed as federal judge for Oregon

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland attorney has been confirmed as a federal judge for Oregon.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals office in San Francisco said Tuesday the U.S. Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Michael H. Simon to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for Oregon.

Simon was confirmed on a 64-35 vote. He will fill a judgeship vacant since August 2009, when U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty took senior status.

The 54-year-old Simon is a partner at the Portland law firm of Perkins Coie and began his legal career in the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.

The New York City native is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.