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May 11, 2011

Senate Vote - Chen Nomination

Edward Milton Chen, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California

Debate

Nomination Confirmed by 14 votes: 56-42, 2 not voting


Over GOP objections, Senate clears controversial judicial nominee
Controversial judicial nominee Edward Milton Chen was confirmed 56 to 42 in the Senate on Tuesday to become a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. The confirmation marks the end of a long road for Chen. He was first nominated by President Obama on Aug. 6, 2009, but Republicans who opposed his confirmation managed to block him three times. Prior to Tuesday's vote, senators engaged in vigorous debate on whether Chen was fit to serve on the bench.

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