Former senator confirmed as federal judge for southern Ga.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia will have a full slate of judges for the first time in almost two years after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Republican state Sen. Randy Hall to the bench.

Hall, whose confirmation was approved without opposition last week, is an Augusta native who made a splash in state politics in 2002 by defeating Charles Walker, who was then the Democratic majority leader in the state Senate.

Hall, 49, represented District 22 for one term before losing his seat in 2004.

President Bush nominated him in March 2007 to replace Judge B. Avant Edenfield, who was appointed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter and who retired from full-time work in 2006.

The district has three judgeships and covers 43 counties in the southeastern third of the state.

Hall is the second judge to be confirmed for the district recently.

In January 2007, the Senate confirmed Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to the district, where she had worked as chief federal prosecutor.

Wood replaced Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr., another Carter administration appointee who announced his retirement in 2006.