Steven C. Seeger will be leaving his job with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Chicago to take a seat on the federal trial bench.
In a 90-1 vote, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Seeger’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the only senator to vote against confirmation.
Seeger joined the SEC’s Regional Chicago Office in 2010 as senior trial counsel.
In that position, he litigated cases to enforce federal securities laws.
The office has jurisdiction in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Seeger could not be reached for comment.
He will fill the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel took senior status in October 2016.
Seeger was recommended for the bench by U.S. Sens. Richard J. Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and nominated by President Donald Trump.
In a joint statement, Durbin and Duckworth said they are pleased with the Senate vote.
“He has the qualifications and judgment to serve with distinction as a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois,” Durbin and Duckworth said.
“We appreciate the administration’s willingness to work with us and with our nonpartisan screening committee to reach consensus on nominees who will serve the people of Illinois well,” they said.
Seeger, 48, earned an undergraduate degree in 1993 at Wheaton College.
After teaching in Japan for a year, Seeger enrolled in the University of Michigan Law School.
While in school, he served as an associate and articles editor of the law review.
Seeger earned his J.D. in 1997 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honor society that accepts students in the top 10 percent of their law school.
From 1997 to 1998, Seeger served as a law clerk to Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Seeger joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Chicago office in 1998 as an associate.
He became a partner in 2003 and remained with the firm until joining the SEC seven years later.
In June 2018, Trump nominated Seeger and two others — now-U.S. District Judges Mary M. Rowland and Martha M. Pacold — to the federal trial bench in Chicago.
The three nominations expired at the end of the 115th Congress in January after Seeger, Rowland and Pacold did not receive a Senate confirmation vote.
Trump renominated the three in April, and the Senate confirmed Rowland and Pacold in July.