CAPAC Chair Statement on Nomination of Judge Florence Pan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

May 27, 2022

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, President Biden nominated Judge Florence Pan to succeed U.S. Supreme Court-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Judge Pan was confirmed by the Senate in September 2021 to become the first Asian American woman on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and previously was a D.C. Superior Court judge. Upon confirmation, Judge Pan would be the first Chinese American to serve on the D.C. Circuit.  Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement:

“I am thrilled to learn of Judge Florence Pan’s nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she has a remarkable record of public service both at the state and federal levels, from beginning her career in the Southern District of New York, to the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury and more. I am grateful to President Biden for his ongoing commitment to seek qualified individuals who represent and reflect the diversity of our nation – and I am so proud to see an incredible AAPI woman like Judge Pan nominated for what is often called the ‘second most powerful court’ in the nation. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to move swiftly on her confirmation.”