By a 51-43 vote, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Evelyn Padin to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge.
Padin, a former social worker, is a former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Jersey City Municipal Court Judge, and Hispanic Bar Association trustee.
Four Republicans voted to confirm Padin: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Minority Member Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins and Richard Burr. Three Democrats did not vote this morning: Jeff Merkley, Jack Reed and Christopher Van Hollen.
President Joe Biden nominated Padin on November 3.
Padin was among the recommendations to the federal bench made to Biden by New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
“Beyond her impeccable credentials and her lived experience as a barrier-breaking Latina in New Jersey and the legal profession, Ms. Padin has a relentless commitment to equal justice under the law that will shine when she assumes her place on the federal bench,” Menendez said.
Padin is the sixth federal judge for New Jersey that Biden has named since taking office last year. Zahid Quraishi, Julien Neals, Karen Williams, Christine O’Hearn and Georgette Castner have already been confirmed by the Senate.
The six vacancies fulfill Biden’s campaign pledge to appoint a more diverse judiciary.
“Ms. Padin’s confirmation moves us one step closer to creating a judicial system that reflects the diversity of America, and I look forward to seeing her apply her impressive experience and extensive legal expertise in continued service to the people of New Jersey,” Booker stated.
Padin’s confirmation leaves one vacancy in the District of New Jersey.
U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman, a judge since 2006, went on senior status on April 4.