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Wisconsin native awaits confirmation to become federal judge

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FORT MYERS, FL (WTAQ) - An eastern Wisconsin native is one step away from becoming a federal judge in Florida.

U.S. Magistrate Sheri Polster Chappell of Fort Myers Florida was among seven nominees endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Chappell now awaits confirmation by the full Senate, but no one knows when that might happen.

The Senate has a backlog of judicial appointments due to partisan disagreements on other issues.

Chappell is a 1980 graduate of Kiel High School in Wisconsin. She became an assistant prosecutor in Florida after earning a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.

She was a county judge in Florida from 2000-to-2003, and she then became a magistrate.

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