By a 16-2 vote, the committee passe her nomination on to the full U.S. Senate Thursday.

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WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send Bruce Howe Hendricks' nomination to a federal judgeship to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

Hendricks, a U.S. magistrate in Charleston who worked in Greenville for nine years, was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the federal court in Columbia.

Her nomination is backed by both Republican senators from South Carolina and has not been controversial.

"I expect that she would be confirmed with at least 90 yes votes and probably more because Hendricks is a well-qualified, uncontroversial sitting judge with much relevant experience in the federal justice system," said Carl Tobias, law professor at the University of Richmond.

The American Bar Association gave Hendricks a unanimous "well-qualified" rating for the post. Rep. James Clyburn, D-Columbia, also endorsed her.

She was an assistant U.S. attorney in Charleston from 1991-2002 before moving to Greenville as a U.S. magistrate. In 2011, she moved to the federal magistrate's position in Charleston.

The Senate committee voted 16-2 to send the nomination to the floor without debate. Voting no were Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., voted yes.

Hendricks graduated from the College of Charleston in 1983 and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1990.

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