Grant County judge Estudillo confirmed to Western District federal court

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Grant County Judge David Estudillo appears before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, June 9, 2021.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Grant County Judge David Estudillo is now on his way to the federal bench.

The 48-year-old Superior Court judge was nominated by President Joe Biden back in April to preside in the U.S. District Court in the Seattle-based Western District of Washington. On Tuesday, the United States Senate confirmed him to the job, 54 to 41.

Estudillo won votes of four Republican senators in the process: Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, and Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, both Democrats, supported his nomination.

“Judge Estudillo is a great example of the successes and contributions that many immigrant families make to our great nation,” Cantwell said on the Senate floor prior to the vote. “I know his strong character and respect for the rule of law, sense of justice, fairness, humility, empathy, capacity for compassion, and understanding would be a benefit to the court and all the parties that come before him.”

The Moses Lake native has sat on the Grant County bench since 2015, when he was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. At his appointment he was the only Hispanic judge serving on any state court east of the Cascades. Estudillo won reelection in 2016 and 2020.

The governor must now name a successor to fill out Estudillo’s term.