The Senate Judiciary Committee has given the green light to President Donald Trump's nomination of Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly to be U.S. attorney for Nebraska.
On a voice vote, the committee sent the nomination to the floor of the Senate for a confirmation vote.
Kelly was elected as county attorney in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
Before his election eight years ago, he served for a decade as chief deputy county attorney and counts more than 30 years of experience as a prosecutor in the county attorney's office.
Robert Stuart has served as acting U.S. attorney for Nebraska since Deborah Gilg, President Barack Obama's appointee, retired last March.
Sen. Ben Sasse, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said advancement of the nomination is "good news for Nebraska."
"Nebraskans know and respect (Kelly) as a skilled attorney," he said.
"Lancaster County has long benefited from Joe's service and soon the entire state of Nebraska will too."