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Benton Franklin Superior Court Judge Becomes 1st Latino Fed. Judicial Nominee

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Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr.

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.