The Senate confirmed Joan Larsen to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday in a 60-38 vote.
Eight Democrats crossed the aisle to vote for the Michigan Supreme Court justice, including both Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018.
President Trump previously considered Larsen for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. She is a former Scalia law clerk and delivered a tribute at a memorial service last year for him that featured several of the high court justices.
The Judicial Crisis Network, which boosted Justice Neil Gorsuch's high court confirmation, spent $140,000 attacking Michigan's Democratic senators who were considering opposing Larsen's nomination. The Susan B. Anthony List similarly mobilized its group of anti-abortion activists in support of Larsen's nomination.
Larsen is the second woman confirmed to a Midwestern federal appeals court in as many days this week. Votes on other federal judicial nominees are expected this week.