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Article III Asian-American & Pacific Islander Judges by President

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Judge Court Commission Order of Appointment Status
All
Art. III
Courts
Circuit Courts District Courts Female Judges
PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON 1969–1974
Herbert Young Cho Choy Ninth Circuit 4/23/1971 1 1 - - Deceased 3/10/04
Shiro Kashiwa Court of Claims** 1/3/1972 2 2 - - Retired 1/7/86
 
PRESIDENT GERALD FORD 1974–1977
Dick Yin Wong Hawaii 4/25/1975 3 - 1 - Deceased 12/26/78
Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi California (CD) 5/7/1976 4 - 2 - Deceased 8/4/09
 
PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER 1977–1981
Thomas Tang Ninth Circuit 10/12/1977 5 3 - - Deceased 7/18/95
A. Wallace Tashima California (CD) 6/30/1980 6 - 3 - Elevated 1/8/96
Walter Meheula Heen Hawaii No commission 7 - 4 - Not confirmed 12/16/81
 
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN 1981–1989
Harold Michael Fong Hawaii 6/21/1982 8 - 5 - Deceased 4/20/95
Ronald S.W. Lew California (CD) 5/7/1987 9 - 6 - Senior Status 9/19/06
 
PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. CLINTON 1993–2001
Denny Chin New York (SD) 8/10/1994 10 - 7 - Elevated 4/26/10
George H. King*** California (CD) 6/30/1995 11 - 8 - Active
A. Wallace Tashima Ninth Circuit 1/4/1996 + 4 - - Senior Status 6/30/04
Anthony W. Ishii California (ED) 10/14/1997 12 - 9 - Senior Status 10/31/12
Susan Oki Mollway*** Hawaii 6/23/1998 13 - 10 1 Active
 
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH 2001–2009
Dana M. Sabraw California (SD) 9/26/2003 14 - 11 - Active
George H. Wu California (CD) 4/17/2007 15 - 12 - Active
Amul Roger Thapar Kentucky (ED) 1/4/2008 16 - 13 - Active
Kiyo A. Matsumoto New York (ED) 7/22/2008 17 - 14 2 Active
 
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 2009–
Jacqueline H. Nguyen California (CD) 12/4/2009 18 - 15 3 Elevated 5/15/12
Dolly M. Gee California (CD) 1/4/2010 19 - 16 4 Active
Denny Chin Second Circuit 4/23/2010 + 5 - - Active
Lucy H. Koh California (ND) 6/9/2010 20 - 17 5 Active
Edmond E. Chang Illinois (ND) 12/20/2010 21 - 18 - Active
Leslie E. Kobayashi Hawaii 12/22/2010 22 - 19 6 Active
Edward M. Chen California (ND) 5/12/2011 23 - 20 - Active
Cathy Bissoon Pennsylvania (WD) 10/19/2011 24 - 21 7 Active
Miranda Du Nevada 3/30/2012 25 - 22 8 Active
John Z. Lee Illinois (ND) 5/8/2012 26 - 23 - Active
Jacqueline H. Nguyen Ninth Circuit 5/14/2012 + 6 - + Active
Lorna G. Schofield New York (SD) 12/13/2012 27 - 24 9 Active
Pamela K. Chen ± New York (ED) 3/5/2013 28 - 25 10 Active
Derrick K. Watson Hawaii 4/23/2013 29 - 26 - Active
Sri Srinivasan DC Circuit 5/24/2013 30 7 - - Active
Raymond T. Chen Federal Circuit 8/2/2013 31 8 - - Active
Vince Chhabria California (ND) 3/7/2014 32 - 27 - Active
Manish S. Shah Illinois (ND) 5/1/2014 33 - 28 - Active
Theodore D. Chuang Maryland 5/2/2014 34 - 29 - Active
Indira Talwani Massachusetts 5/12/2014 35 - 30 11 Active
Amit Priyavadan Mehta District of Columbia 12/19/2014 36 - 31 - Active

Legend

CD - Central District ED - Eastern District MD - Middle District ND - Northern District SD - Southern District
WD - Western District (+) Previously appointed to federal court
(±) LGBT
* Reorganized as the Court of International Trade in 1980 ** Transferred to the Federal Circuit in 1982 *** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2015. To learn more about the federal courts go to www.fjc.gov.

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President Barack Obama

As of July 31, 2015, the total number of President Obama Article III judgeship nominees to be confirmed by the US Senate is 309, including two justices to the Supreme Court, 51 judges to the US Courts of Appeals and 254 judges to the US district courts.

Appointments by President

African-American Asian-American &
Pacific Islander
 
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LGBT

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