Mayor Berke's former chief of staff unanimously confirmed as federal judge

Travis McDonough will be the next U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Staff Photo by Maura Friedman/Chattanooga Times Free PressIn this file photo Travis McDonough announces an agreement had been reached between the city and the owner of the Delta Queen at a news conference in City Hall in Chattanooga.

Travis McDonough, the previous chief of staff for Mayor Andy Berke, was confirmed Monday as the next U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The U.S. Senate, which opened discussion around 5 p.m., voted 89-0 in favor of McDonough's nomination after roughly one hour.

"I have known Travis McDonough personally for years and am confident he will serve the people of Tennessee honorably in this new role," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Monday afternoon, urging his colleagues from the floor to vote for McDonough.

The former Chattanooga mayor said McDonough assured him in several conversations throughout the confirmation process he would be a fair and independent judge. Corker also praised McDonough when the Chattanooga lawyer appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June, saying of the nomination: "Travis is one of those people who you just love to see something like that happen to."