The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for four district court and one circuit court nominee Thursday. Judge Mary Murguia, was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 25, 2010 to fill one of four current vacancies on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Murguia has devoted her entire career to public service. In 1998, she was selected to serve in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, rising to become Director in 1999. In 2000, President Clinton nominated her to a newly created seat in the District of Arizona, and upon her confirmation later that year she became the first Latina to serve as a federal judge in the history of Arizona. You can learn more about Judge Murguia by reading AFJ’s recently released report: http://www.afj.org/check-the-facts/nominees/mary-murguia.html?templateName=template-30435193.
Judge Murguia is one of six nominees to the circuit courts of appeals pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. An additional seven circuit court nominees are awaiting a vote by the full Senate.
For more information on the status of federal court nominees, see our judicial selection snapshot at http://www.afj.org/check-the-facts/nominees/judicial-selection-snapshot.html.