Becomes first Latina on Bay Area federal bench
Nov 15 2011
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the historic confirmation of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge Gonzalez Rogers, who was nominated by President Obama on the recommendation of Senator Feinstein, is the first Latina district judge in the Northern District. Approved by an 89-6 vote, Gonzalez Rogers fills the seat vacated by the retirement earlier this year of former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker.
“Judge Gonzalez Rogers is a shining example of the American Dream,” said Senator Feinstein. “As one of only three family members to attend college, she graduated cum laude from Princeton University before going on to study at Berkeley, and ultimately earning a law degree from the University of Texas.”
“Judge Gonzalez Rogers is a tested judge with a proven track record of success and it was my privilege to recommend her nomination to President Obama. She is an impressive jurist – smart, personable, and with mainstream views of the law – who I believe will serve very well as a Federal District Judge,” continued Feinstein.