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President Biden on Friday announced three more nominees to serve on federal courts in California, including the first out gay judge, the first Chinese American woman and the second Latina to serve on their respective courts.
If confirmed, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Daniel Calabretta would be the first judge who has come out as gay to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, according to a White House press release. Calabretta was among eight nominees announced by Biden to serve on federal courts and each must be approved by the U.S. Senate, needing 51 votes to be confirmed.
Biden also nominated Judge Rita Lin and attorney Araceli Martinez-Olguin for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. If confirmed, Lin will be the second Asian American Pacific Islander woman and the first Chinese American woman to serve on the court. Martinez-Olguin would be the second Latina.
The latest batch of nominees represents the 24th time Biden has nominated people for federal judicial positions, bringing the total of federal nominees to 132.