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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a South Dakota lawyer to serve as a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Donald Trump in June nominated Jonathan Kobes, attorney for South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. Kobes was confirmed Tuesday. The vote was split until Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie in favor of Kobes.

The 44-year-old Kobes will replace Judge Roger Wollman, who has served on the 8th Circuit since being appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

Kobes joined Rounds' staff in 2014 after working for Raven Industries, DuPont Pioneer and POET. He was a law clerk for Wollman after graduating from law school.

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The 8th Circuit hears appeals from trial courts in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas.

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