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Petitioning Senator Joe Donnelly and 5 others

Tell Republicans to Stop Targeting Asian-American Nominees


Republican senators have banded together to kill the nominations of Goodwin Liu and Eric M. Chen, two highly qualified Asian-American candidates for the federal bench.

Liu, a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, and Chen, a federal magistrate in San Francisco, have both cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee. But by sending their names back to the White House, the GOP hopes to effectively kill their nominations.

By playing politics, these senators are perpetuating the historical underrepresentation of Asian-Americans in the judicial system: Only five Asian Pacific Americans have ever served as federal appellate court judges. This includes the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over states with large Asian populations such as California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. And out of approximately 875 federal judgeships, only 10 are currently filled by Asian-Americans.

Please email your senator today to demand that they stand up for these two highly qualified Asian-American nominees. Because 60 votes will be needed for cloture, every vote matters.

Letter to
Senator Joe Donnelly
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Angus King
and 3 others
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senate
Recently, the Senate sent back to the White House the nominations of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu and San Francisco Magistrate Edward M. Chen. In addition, Republican leaders in the Senate sought to end Liu's and Chen's nominations by objecting to having them carried over past the 30-day recess.

With these actions, the Senate is perpetuating the historical underrepresentation of Asian-Americans in the federal court system. Prior to the recent confirmation of Denny Chin, zero out of 175 active federal appellate judges were Asian-American. Only five Asian Pacific Americans have ever served as federal appellate court judges. This includes the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over states with large Asian populations such as California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. And out of approximately 875 federal judgeships, only 10 are currently filled by Asian-Americans.

Does the Senate, and the Republican caucus in particular, want this pattern to continue? Please bear in mind that, as UC San Diego professor Yen Le Espiritu has demonstrated, Asian-Americans are second only to the Jewish community in contributing money to political parties and candidates.

I kindly ask that you stand up for the historical appointment of these two distinguished and highly qualified Asian-American nominees.

Thank you for your time and consideration,