The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve and send to the full Senate the nomination of Indian American Diane Gujarati to the federal judgeship seat in the Eastern District of New York. The Indian American was nominated by President Donald Trump on May 10.
Gujarati, the deputy chief of the criminal division of the federal prosecutor’s office for the Southern District of New York, had actually been nominated to the bench while President Barack Obama was still in office, but her confirmation remained pending when Trump was elected.
The seat for which Gujarati has been nominated covers parts of the city as well the suburbs on Long Island.
Her father, Damodar Gujarati, is an emeritus professor of economics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which trains army officers.
The nomination by Trump shows both her legal standing as well as the administration's difficulty in finding candidates within its ideological spectrum who will be able to win Senate support, according to a news release.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association applauded the nomination and encouraged the Senate to swiftly confirm her to the bench.