- Mendoza, a trial judge in the Eastern District of Washington since 2014, was confirmed in a 46-40 vote.
- Before joining the federal bench, Mendoza worked as a solo practitioner and later was a judge pro tempore in several district, municipal and juvenile courts in Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee tapped him to serve as a state court judge in 2013.
- Mendoza will take the seat previously filled by Judge M. Margaret McKeown, who announced her intention to take senior status upon appointment of a successor in January.
- The U.S. Senate voted 46-40 Monday to confirm U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. to the Ninth Circuit, making him the 80th federal judge to be approved since President Joe Biden took office.
- Judge Mendoza is the sixth Biden nominee to be confirmed to the Ninth Circuit, and the 21st circuit court confirmation since last year.
The DJ has US trial judge in Washington state confirmed to 9th Circuit
Eight Biden district court nominees in California are awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee hearings or floor votes. He has not nominated anyone for two Central District vacancies as well as a Southern District position.