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Governor, resident commissioner laud Biden judicial nominations

President Joe Biden

By John McPhaul

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and Resident Commis-sioner Jenniffer González Colón expressed satis-faction on Wednesday over President Joe Biden’s judicial nominations to the federal court in Puerto Rico.

In a written statement, the governor praised Biden for choosing “three Puerto Rican women of great professional caliber to join our outstanding Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.”

“Federal Magistrate Camille Vélez Rivé, Secretary of the Federal Court María Antorgiorgi Jordán and Appellate Judge Gina Méndez Miró have been nominated to serve on the federal bench and join an outstanding group of jurists who dispense justice daily in Puerto Rico,” Pierluisi said. “All of them bring to the federal court a wide range of aca-demic, professional and legal experience that they will put at the service of our people along with their commitment to the law and the Constitution of the United States that our citizens value so much. The appointed judges clearly have the credentials and competencies required to serve on the honorable court.”

“On behalf of the people of Puerto Rico, I congratulate the three honorable judges appointed and I am confi dent that the United States Senate will favorably consider these nominations,” he added.

González Colón characterized the nominations as a step forward in the fi ght for women to reach leadership positions on equal terms with men.

“The nominations of three women to fi ll the vacancies in Puerto Rico for the federal judiciary should be seen as a historic step,” said González Colón, who also co-chairs the Women’s Caucus in Congress. “In 123 years of the United States court on the island, of 35 magistrates only three have been women, two of them nominated by Re-publican presidents and one of them by a Democrat. This historic nomination will now go to … the Senate, where under equal conditions the nominees will be evaluated for their qualifi cations, preparation and criteria to hold such positions.”

Antongiorgi, Vélez Rivé and Méndez Miró were nomi-nated by Biden to fi ll the vacancies left by Carmen Consuelo Vargas de Cerezo, the fi rst Hispanic woman to occupy the position of United States district judge in the entire federal judicial system, upon her resignation, Gustavo Gelpí upon his promotion to the Court of Appeals in Boston, and Fran-cisco Augusto Besosa upon being appointed senior judge.

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