Senate confirms first Chinese-American woman to serve as a lifetime judge


(FOX40.COM) –The Senate confirmed Tuesday that Judge Rita Lin will serve the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as the first Chinese-American woman to serve at a lifetime capacity.

Lin spent the last five years as an associate judge on the San Francisco County Superior Court and she previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney. Lin became a national name when she advocated for LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality by working pro bono as co-counsel against the Defense of Marriage Act, according to

Lin was confirmed Tuesday with a 52-45 vote. According to multiple reports, she was voted in by every Democrat in attendance and three Republicans; Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) did not vote.


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