Bill Pryor is a rarity among federal judges: He's 42 and could be out of a job in a matter of months.
But in an interview with The Associated Press, the former Alabama attorney general said he hopes to remain on the federal bench for the rest of his life.
Members of federal courts typically serve lifetime appointments, but President Bush put Pryor on the bench temporarily earlier this year after Senate Democrats tied up his nomination.
So Pryor isn't wasting time getting into his new role as a member of the Eleventh U-S Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears cases from Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Opponents who disagree with Pryor's stances on abortion and homosexuality are still trying to have him removed from the bench.