Estudillo takes questions from Senate panel on nomination to federal judge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Grant County Judge David Estudillo faced his first confirmation hearing today since President Joe Biden nominated him to a U.S. District Court judgeship.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Estudillo, the son of Mexican immigrants, would sit on the bench of the Western District of Washington, based in Seattle. He appeared this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

“I am truly honored and humbled for even being considered for a possible judicial position,” Estudillo told the committee in his opening remarks.

Estudillo, 47, lives in Moses Lake. He has held a Superior Court seat in Grant County for six years, winning election to the seat after his appointment by Gov. Jay Inslee. The White House announced his nomination April 29.

Estudillo was accompanied to the hearing by his wife Sandra and his three children, as well as his wife’s mother. No date has been set for a Senate vote on his nomination.