To their credit, Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts helped confirm former Kansan Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as the Senate finally broke the seven-year political standoff on nominees to the influential court with a remarkable 97-0 vote last week. Srinivasan, the first member of a federal appeals court to be of South Asian descent, now is considered a front-runner for a U.S. Supreme Court nomination. He moved with his family to Lawrence as a 4-year-old and went on to become a basketball star at Lawrence High School (sharing the court with Danny Manning) before earning bachelor’s, law and business degrees from Stanford University. Most recently, Srinivasan has been the principal deputy solicitor general. Even with Srinivasan’s confirmation, the D.C. Circuit still has three vacancies.
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