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The Senate voted 72-28 on Rodriguez’s nomination, with all Democrats and 22 Republicans voting in favor.
Rodriguez is a former prosecutor and a partner at Wilmer Hale, a powerful corporate law and lobbying firm that has a Denver office. She was nominated for a judgeship in the U.S. District Court of Colorado by former President Barack Obama in 2016 but wasn’t considered by the Republican-controlled Senate.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” Bennet said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Regina Rodriguez is an exceptional nominee with a distinguished career and commitment to service. She has blazed trails in Colorado.”
Rodriguez has worked as a lawyer in private practice and for the government. She defended the Colorado Rockies in a lawsuit involving a fan who lost her left leg in an escalator accident at Coors Field and defended Denver from allegations of abuse by a former jail inmate.
Rodriguez has been criticized by Demand Justice, a liberal group, for being a corporate lawyer and former prosecutor. That group has urged Biden to instead appoint more civil rights attorneys and public defenders to the federal bench.