Ralph Erickson, President Trump's nominee to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote Thursday.

Erickson, a federal district court judge from North Dakota, won bipartisan praise during committee hearings on his nomination to the Midwestern federal appeals court.

"At the end of the day, I think intellectual honesty requires as a judge just to do the work as best we can [and] not be so wedded to any individual theory that it trumps reason," Erickson said during July hearings on his nomination. "Kind of my philosophy is you follow the law, follow the law, follow the law right up until the point that it looks completely crazy and then you say hold on, wait a minute, stop."