CAPAC Lauds Confirmation of Theodore David Chuang to U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

May 1, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate voted 53-42 to confirm Theodore David Chuang to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Mr. Chuang is the first person of Asian descent to serve as an Article III judge in the state of Maryland. With this historic confirmation, the Obama Administration tripled the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander judges on the federal bench. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:
“I congratulate Theodore Chuang for his confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May, Theo’s confirmation as Maryland’s first Asian American federal judge is especially timely. I have no doubt that his strong legal background and dedication to public service will allow him to thrive in this new role.

“With Theo’s confirmation, President Obama officially tripled the number of AAPIs serving on the federal bench. I commend the President for his commitment to nominating highly qualified candidates that truly reflect the diversity of our country.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:
“I am thrilled my friend, Theodore David Chuang, has been confirmed to the Federal District Court of Maryland. This confirmation is historic. His background at Homeland Security, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with his time in private practice, makes him an ideal choice. I am especially pleased that his confirmation means there are three times as many active AAPI judges as there were in 2008. Once again, President Obama has shown his dedication to a diverse judiciary – one that means a more fair justice system for everyone.”

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07):
“Congratulations to Theodore Chuang on his historic confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. His will be the first Asian Pacific American federal judge to ever serve in Maryland. He is a well-qualified and dedicated public servant and I have no doubt he will succeed in his new role.”

Background:
Since 2009, Theodore David Chuang has served as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Prior to this, Chuang served as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Chuang also spent three years at a private firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. After graduating with a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Chuang started his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994