CAPAC Chair Applauds President Biden’s Nominations of AAPI Judges

Mar 30, 2021

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate eleven judicial candidates, including four history-making Asian American candidates. This includes Judge Zahid N. Quaraishi to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, who will be the first Muslim American federal judge; Judge Florence Y. Pan to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who will be the first AAPI woman to ever serve on that court; Judge Regina Rodriguez to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, who will be the first AAPI to serve as an Article III judge in the 10th Circuit; and Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“President Biden’s historic judicial nominations highlight his ongoing commitment to ensuring eminently qualified and diverse candidates have a voice at all levels, including in our judicial branch that is tasked with interpreting our laws and administering justice. Not only will these diverse judges serve as examples to future generations, they are also bringing perspectives that have been missing or silenced from our courts for too long. Ensuring diversity on our courts is part of ensuring justice. And that is why I am thrilled at the exceptionally qualified nominations today. Judge Regina Rodriguez will make history on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado where she will bring her years of experience with complex litigation and government investigations to her new role. Judge Zahid N. Quraishi, who will become the first Muslim American federal judge once confirmed, will be an essential voice for national security with experience in Iraq and the Department of Homeland Security. Judge Florence Pan, whom I have been proud to support throughout her incredible career of promotion through the courts, has years of experience in the criminal justice system both as a member of the executive and judicial branches. And Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta’s history of work on family law and her time as an Administrative Judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission are vital for the work of protecting families. I am proud to support these exceptional candidates who all deserve immediate consideration in the Senate. And I am grateful to President Biden for his commitment to building a government that looks more like America.”