Senate Confirms Judge Dena M. Coggins for
Federal Judgeship in Eastern District of California

The United States Senate today voted 50-44 to confirm President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s, nomination of California Superior Court Judge Dena M. Coggins to serve as a U.S. district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

“Our court could not be more pleased by the good news that the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Judge Dena M. Coggins as a United States District Judge,” said Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the Eastern District of California. “Judge Coggins’ impressive record of public service has paved the way for her to join our bench without missing a beat. She’ll now be ready to do that once I’m able to take Senior Status in September, and the President signs her commission. Her confirmation and impending appointment are a credit to her and her family, and the Sacramento community at large.

“We also thank the U.S. Senate, and Senators Padilla and Butler in particular, for fulfilling the ‘advice and consent’ role so quickly and so well! To know we will not have to wait for our upcoming vacancy to be filled is a great relief to our chronically overburdened court,” Judge Mueller added.

Judge Coggins was nominated for the judgeship on Feb. 8, 2024, and had her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6. Her nomination was reported to the Senate Floor on April 11. Upon taking her oath, Judge Coggins will fill a judgeship that will be vacant on Sept. 17, 2024, when Chief U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller assumes senior status. Judge Coggins will maintain chambers in Sacramento.

Read the full news release from the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit HERE.