(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s endorsement of Ricardo Martinez as a U.S. District Court for Western Washington. Martinez is currently a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Seattle. If confirmed by the full Senate, he would become the first Latino district judge in Washington state’s history.

Last year, Murray worked with Senator Cantwell and President Bush to select Judge Martinez for nomination. In January, Murray introduced him before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which today voted in favor of his nomination.

“The fairness, thoughtfulness and compassion that Judge Martinez displays in both his profession and his life set a great example for so many people across our state. I am proud to support him as his confirmation moves forward,” Senator Murray said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will now send Judge Martinez’s confirmation to the Senate floor for a vote by the full body.