WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., voiced strong support Thursday for Little Rock lawyer Kris Baker to serve as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., voiced strong support Thursday for Little Rock lawyer Kris Baker to serve as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the two senators urged a speedy confirmation saying Baker has the experience and temperament to be an excellent judge. President Barack Obama nominated Baker in November to serve on the federal bench.

She is a partner in Little Rock’s Quattlebaum Law Firm and began her legal career in 1996 as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright.

“I believe Kris Baker will do an excellent job. I strongly support her confirmation,” said Boozman.

Pryor, who recommended her for the bench, said that he had no doubt she could handle a courtroom, offering the committee a light-hearted example.

“She has four children all eight and under. They came to my office this morning and were like four little tornadoes,” Pryor said. “If she can handle those kids she can handle any courtroom.”

Baker’s husband and four boys, sporting blazers and ties, sat quietly through the brief confirmation hearing. Other family members, friends and associates were there to show their support.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., were the only committee members at the confirmation hearing for Baker and four other nominees.

Durbin asked how she planned to interact with the various defendants, plaintiffs, jurors and attorneys that routinely appear in District courts.

Baker said she would treat everyone with dignity and respect. Kyl asked how her politics — as a Democrat — would play into her decisions. Baker said politics has no place in the courtroom. There, she said, her decisions would be based on the facts, the law and precedent.

Pryor and Boozman were uncertain when the Senate would take up Baker’s confirmation but were encouraged that it would not languish given how quickly the committee had scheduled her hearing.

“I’ll do everything I can to shepherd it through,” Pryor said. The Senate has struggled to fill judicial vacancies as nominations have been bogged down in partisan disputes.

Baker’s confirmation could fall prey to the latest imbroglio over Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, has said he would impede future nominees unless and until Obama rescinded his recess appointment. Lee claims the appointments are unconstitutional.

In his state of the union address, Obama called on the Senate to pass “a simple rule” for all judicial and public service nominations to receive an up-or-down vote within 90 days. Pryor and Boozman said today they would not support such a rule.

Boozman said there are times when a senator is “within one’s right” to filibuster a nomination but added that it should be rarely used for judicial nominations.