Last week, the Senate confirmed Jacqueline Nguyen as the first Asian-American woman to be on the federal appeals court and John Lee for A judicial seat on the U.S. District Court. President Obama nominated them late last year.
These nominations follow the successful confirmation last month of Vietnamese American Miranda Du to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. She is Nevada’s first AAPI federal district court judge, and the second Vietnamese American to become a federal judge.
Judge Nguyen and Judge Lee will be the 17th and 18th AAPI to be confirmed as federal judges, a number that has doubled since President Obama took office. He has now nominated the first women judges of South Asian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese descent in our nation.