WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Jacqueline H. Nguyen of Los Angeles to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, making her the first Asian American woman to sit on a federal appellate court.
By a 91-3 vote, the Senate agreed to Nguyen's nomination as part of an earlier deal to begin acting on President Obama's nominees. Republicans had been holding up some of the president's choices as part of a protest over White House appointments.
The Senate also approved Kristine Gerhard Baker of Arkansas and John Lee of Illinois to federal district courts — making Lee the second Korean American on a federal district court.
When Obama announced Nguyen's nomination last fall, he called her a trailblazer.
Nguyen fled Vietnam as a girl with her family as Saigon fell in 1975. They lived temporarily in a tent city at Camp Pendleton before settling in the Los Angeles area.