South Carolina Judge Confirmed to Fourth Circuit

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed DeAndrea Benjamin to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to her appointment she served as a trial judge for South Carolina.

Reuters reports “Benjamin was confirmed by the Senate on a 53-44 vote . . . [and] she is the second Black woman to ever serve on the Richmond, Virginia-based court.” According to Bloomberg Law, Benjamin “was born in 1972 in Columbia, South Carolina, [and] graduated from Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She has spent her entire legal career in the state, including as a prosecutor and an assistant attorney general.”

Benjamin is the first confirmed Biden Nominee of 2023.

Although Benjamin is the first 2023 confirmation, the Fourth Circuit is likely to see an additional nomination and possible confirmation this year as a result of Judge Diana Motz assuming senior status on September 30, 2022.

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