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Biden Nominates Fresno Judge to Federal Bench

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President Biden nominated Ana de Alba to the federal bench on Wednesday morning. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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President Joe Biden has nominated Fresno judge Ana de Alba to the federal bench, the White House announced Wednesday morning.

De Alba, 42, has served as a Fresno County Superior Court judge since 2018, nominated by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. Up for re-election in 2020, she didn’t draw an opponent. She currently handles juvenile justice cases.

She is the second judge nominated to the Eastern District of California by Biden. Jennifer Thurston, a federal magistrate assigned to the court in Bakersfield, was confirmed last year. The Fresno-based Eastern District court has long been short of full-time judges.

De Alba’s nomination will eventually be determined by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and then the full Senate.

If confirmed by the Senate, de Alba would be the first Latina to serve on the Eastern District of California bench and the second Hispanic judge actively serving on that court.

De Alba Is Berkeley Gradudate

Prior to serving as a judge, de Alba was a partner with the Fresno law firm Lang Richert & Patch. She focused on employment and business civil cases, the White House said in a news release.

De Alba earned her B.A. and Juris Doctor degree from UC Berkeley in 2002 and 2007, respectively. She is a registered Democrat.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email