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January 16, 2014

Obama nominates judges in Washington, Missouri, Illinois and Nevada

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated four individuals to the federal bench, even as the Senate Judiciary Committee affirmed 29 other prior nominees.

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Superior Court Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

Mendoza has served as a judge for Benton and Franklin counties in Washington since 2013. Prior to that, he was in private practice from 1999 to 2013, while also serving as a judge pro tempore. He served as a deputy prosecutor in Franklin County and as an assistant attorney general for the state, following his 1997 graduation from the UCLA School of law and his 1994 graduation from the University of Washington.

Obama also nominated attorney Stephen R. Bough to a seat in the Western District of Missouri, attorney Staci Michelle Yandle to a seat in the Southern District of Illinois and federal public defender Richard Franklin Boulware II to a seat in Nevada.

Bough graduated from Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. In his private practice, he focuses on insurance and personal injury cases.

Obama's latest nominations came on the same day as the Senate Judiciary Committee, largely by rancor-free voice votes, approved 29 different federal court nominees.

The nominees who now go to the full Senate include four district court judges in California, three for Pennsylvania and two for Kansas. The committee-approved nominees also include five named to appellate courts, including two to the Ninth Circuit.

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