Local judge nominated to federal court

WHITE HOUSE NEWS RELEASE -- President Obama nominated Stephen R. Bough, Richard Franklin Boulware II, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr., and Staci Michelle Yandle to serve on the United States District Courts.

"I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench," said President Obama. "I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice."

Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr.: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. has served as a judge on the Superior Court for Benton and Franklin Counties since 2013. From 1999 to 2013, Judge Mendoza practiced law as a solo practitioner and in various law partnerships, where his practice focused on criminal defense. During that same period, Judge Mendoza also served as a judge pro tempore in various district, municipal, and juvenile courts in Benton and Franklin Counties. From 1998 to 1999, he served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office and, from 1997 to 1998, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Judge Mendoza received his J.D. in 1997 from the UCLA School of Law and his B.A. in 1994 from the University of Washington.