The Senate confirmed Jacqueline H. Nguyen -- a 1983 Crescenta Valley High graduate -- to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, making her the first Asian American woman to sit on a federal appellate court.
By a 91-3 vote, the Senate agreed to Nguyen's nomination as part of an earlier deal to begin acting on President Obama's nominees. Republicans had been holding up some of the president's choices as part of a protest over White House appointments.
The Senate also approved Kristine Gerhard Baker of Arkansas and John Lee of Illinois to federal district courts — making Lee the second Korean American on a federal district court.
-- Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, Washington Bureau