Durbin Statement on Senate Confirmation of Judge Ana de Alba to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ana de Alba to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding Judge de Alba’s confirmation:

“Judge Ana de Alba is a seasoned litigator with both federal and state-level judicial experience. She is a legal champion for civil and labor rights, a sense of justice shaped by her powerful personal experience as a first-generation Mexican American and the daughter of farmworkers who were denied proper employment protections.

“Notably, Judge de Alba exemplifies the lasting legacy of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein, who recommended Judge de Alba for nomination to the bench. I congratulate Judge de Alba on becoming the thirty-seventh Circuit Court judge confirmed under President Biden, and the latest example of the Senate Judiciary Committee advancing highly-qualified nominees who will ensure a fair justice system for all and who represent the diversity of America.”

On June 8, 2023, Judge de Alba advanced out of the Judiciary Committee with a vote of 11-10.

Today’s confirmation continues the Committee’s work filling judicial vacancies with highly qualified, diverse candidates who help ensure the fair and impartial administration of the American justice system.

Under the leadership of Chair Durbin, the Senate has confirmed 154 judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench during the Biden administration. Following Judge de Alba’s confirmation, nineteen lifetime judges – including three circuit court nominees and fourteen district court nominees – are eligible for a vote on the Senate floor.