President Joe Biden has announced four new federal judicial nominees, three nominees for local courts in the District of Columbia, and the intent to put forward a fifth federal judicial nominee.
- Matthew L. Garcia for the District of New Mexico. He has served as Chief of Staff in the Office of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham between 2020 and 2022.
- Justice Adrienne C. Nelson for the District of Oregon. Since 2018, she has served as an Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court.
- Judge Andrew G. Schopler for the Southern District of California. He has been serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California since 2016.
- Judge James Edward Simmons Jr. for the Southern District of California. He is presently the Supervising Judge of the North County Branch of the San Diego Superior Court.
Vijay Shanker, Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, was nominated for the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Filling Diversity Quotas, Blocking Pro-Abortion CandidateAccording to the White House statement, the nominations reflect the fulfillment of Biden’s promise to make sure that “the nation’s courts reflect the diversity” of America.
As an example, it pointed to the nomination of Justice Adrienne C. Nelson, who—if confirmed—will be the first black woman to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
On July 13, Biden nominated Jorge Rodriguez, an attorney in the New York attorney general’s office, to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. If confirmed, Rodriguez will be the first Hispanic appointed to that post.
Biden also nominated federal prosecutor Jamar Walker, an LGBTQ individual, to a judgeship in Virginia’s Eastern District.
The president has yet to officially nominate Republican Chad Meredith, a former Kentucky solicitor general, to a judgeship. The White House reportedly planned to nominate Meredith, who has in the past defended abortion restrictions, on June 24.
But after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade that day, there have been no updates as to whether the White House intends to move ahead with the nomination.
Biden’s flurry of nominations comes amid Democrats’ calls to the White House to speed up filling the 120 judicial vacancies before the midterm elections in November.