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Senate confirms Genesee County Circuit Judge F. Kay Behm to federal bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Genesee County Circuit Judge F. Kay Behm to be the U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

President Joe Biden on June 29 nominated Behm to serve as U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing considering her nomination on July 27.

Behm’s confirmation took place Tuesday, Dec. 6.

“Judge Behm has been a thoughtful public servant for Genesee County at the 7th Circuit Court,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a statement announcing the confirmation. “I have no doubt that she will continue to serve the people of Michigan well on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Judge Behm represents the best of Michigan, and I am confident she is ready and prepared to serve the people of Michigan on the federal bench. Her confirmation is great news for Michigan.”

“Judge Behm is a highly-qualified jurist whose extensive legal experience and dedication to public service will serve our state and nation well,” added Sen. Gary Peters. “I have every confidence in her abilities and am pleased we confirmed her to serve as the next federal judge in the Eastern District of Michigan. I was proud to support her nomination and look forward to seeing her serve on the federal bench.”

Behm has served as a judge for the Genesee County Circuit and Probate Courts since 2009.

She was previously a solo practitioner from 2008 to 2009. From 1997 to 2008, Behm was an associate at Winegarden, Haley, Lindholm, & Robertson in Flint and an associate at Braun Kendrick Finbeiner in Saginaw from 1994 to 1997.

Behm received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Albion College in 1991.