WASHINGTON D.C. - A Benton-Franklin County Superior Court judge is nominated to become to the first Latino Federal District Judge for Eastern Washington.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced Salvador Mendoza Jr. at a judiciary committee hearing this morning in Washington D.C.
The senator says Mendoza's upbringing as the son of a migrant worker on a farm in Yakima lends to his drive and work ethic.
"Through his work ethic, his commitment to his community and his belief in equal opportunity, Judge Mendoza is a leader and a role model for families throughout our state in particularly the young men and women born into poverty and difficult circumstances," says Senator Murray.
Mendoza Jr. was sworn in as a Superior Court judge last May and early in his career he briefly worked for Senator Murray as an intern.