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Jacqueline Nguyen confirmed, first Asian female circuit judge

Posted: May 18, 2012

Judge Jacqueline Nguyen was confirmed Monday by the full Senate to the Ninth Circuit, becoming the first female Asian judge on the federal appellate bench.

The vote to confirm Nguyen, 46, was 91 for and 3 against, The Hill reports. Judge Nguyen is a former federal prosecutor who served as California Superior Court judge and is currently U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

Just before the vote on Nguyen, Sen. Dianne Feinsteinurged her colleagues to approve the nomination.

“If she is confirmed today she will be the first Asian female federal court judge,” Feinstein said. “And I am proud to express my very strong support for her nomination.” Feinstein was the Senator who recommended Nguyen for the district court position.

In nominating Judge Nguyen in September, President Barack Obama praised Judge Nguyen as “a trailblazer, displaying an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career.” Read more here.


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