Michelle Childs's nomination to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit advanced to the Senate on Thursday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Childs in a bipartisan 17-5 vote on Thursday with backing by the panel's top Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

She is "somebody highly qualified to do the job. I have nothing but great respect for her and her family and appreciate the support of my Republican colleagues," Graham said during the hearing on Thursday.


Childs, who has been a trial judge since 2010 in the U.S. District of South Carolina, was considered by President Joe BidenĀ to join the Supreme Court following the announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement before he eventually nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson.

While Graham argued Childs would "not have been chosen by a conservative Republican president,'' he lauded her reputation of "following the law as it is written, being fair, and having a disposition that lawyers enjoy being in front of," he said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

Graham previously claimed there was a "wholesale effort on the Left" to dismiss Childs as a nominee to the Supreme Court, arguing her selection would have been seen as a bipartisan choice and "would have gotten 60-plus votes" in the Senate.

"Now we're facing a choice, sponsored by the most radical elements of the Democratic Party when it comes to how to be a judge," Graham said of Biden's selection of Jackson to the high court in March. "They have the most radical view of what a judge should do."

Childs was also backed by Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who had spoken to the White House for months before Breyer's retirement announcement about her record of qualifications that made her suited for the role as a high court justice.

"Judge Childs is highly, highly qualified for this position," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the chairman of the committee, said of her nomination to the D.C. Circuit. "Since 2010, she has presided over almost 5,000 cases including 60 trials. As a district court judge for years before that, she presided over thousands of cases during her years as a state court judge in South Carolina."


Grassley also praised Childs on Thursday for her judicial philosophy, saying she does not believe in a "living Constitution" and maintains a more textual interpretation.

If confirmed in the Senate, Childs would fill the seat being vacated by Judge David Tatel, who took senior status earlier this month.