Burke confirmed to federal bench

Burke confirmed to federal bench

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Liles Burke of Arab as District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. Burke has served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals for the last seven years and was a district judge in Marshall County before that.

Burke’s was one of 15 of of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominations cleared by the Senate Thursday, three appeals court judges and 12 district court judges.

Sen. Richard Shelby, who shepherded the nomination through the Senate confirmation process, congratulated Burke in a statement Thursday.

“I am proud to have voted tonight to confirm Judge Liles Burke to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama,” Shelby said.  “He is extremely qualified for this high honor, having served as a judge in Alabama for over a decade.  I congratulate Judge Burke on this prestigious achievement and am confident he will serve our nation well.”

Five Alabama judicial nominees have been confirmed since Trump took office.

In addition to his experience in the courtroom, Burke serves as the leader of the Marshall County United Way fund drive, City of Arab Chamber of Commerce, and the Arab Historical Preservation Committee.  He is also a Rotarian and alumnus of Leadership Alabama, an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Alabama Army National Guard, and an assistant organist at First United Methodist Church of Arab.