On Wednesday, President Biden released his third slate of judicial nominees for seats across the country, with his selections marking significant diversity milestones.
Among the elite group of nominees, Biden tapped Lauren J. King as a judge to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington state. King, a Native American woman and member of the Muscogee Nation, would be the first Indigenous person to sit as a federal judge in Washington.
King is currently an attorney at the Foster Garvey law firm based in Seattle.
Currently, of the 890 federal judgeships, only two are occupied by Native Americans. King would be the third active Native American federal district court judge and the fifth in the history of the federal judiciary.
To match national demographics, 14 Native American judges should sit on federal district court benches.
Advocacy organizations have praised Biden’s nomination of King. The National Congress of American Indians released a statement supporting King for the judicial seat.