U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd of Sacramento was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate as a federal district judge on a voice vote of 69-21.
Drozd will fill a vacancy in Fresno created when District Judge Anthony W. Ishii took senior status Oct. 31, 2012.
The vote is only the seventh this year on an Obama administration judicial nominee, while federal courts across the country are backlogged and cases linger for months or years.
“I am humbled by the confidence President Barack Obama, Sen. Barbara Boxer and the U.S. Senate have expressed in me,” Drozd said in a telephone interview after the vote. “Most of all, I am thankful that the Eastern District of California will finally have a full complement of six non-senior district judges once again.”
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Boxer, D-Calif., who recommended Drozd to Obama, said in a prepared statement that Drozd “is an experienced and respected judge who will do an excellent job serving the people of the Eastern District. I am thankful that the Senate has confirmed him so he can quickly get to work hearing cases.”
Drozd, 60, was appointed to the magistrate bench in 1997 by the district judges of the Sacramento-based Eastern District. He has served as the district’s chief magistrate judge since 2011.
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