U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper recommended three candidates — Kenzo Kawanabe, Charlotte Sweeney and Nina Wang — to President Joe Biden to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Colorado.
Whomever is chosen would fill Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s seat, which will open when he takes senior status in September.
“All three candidates have the temperament, character, and integrity to serve the people of Colorado with honor and distinction,” Bennet and Hickenlooper said in a letter to Biden.
The recommendations follow Bennet and Hickenlooper’s March announcement that they were forming an advisory committee to recommend qualified candidates for vacancies on the U.S. District Court in Colorado.
The candidate Biden selects will have to be confirmed by the Senate. Here’s a look at the three recommended nominees and their backgrounds:
Kawanabe is a partner at the Denver law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs, where he’s focused on litigation and intellectual property law. He was the first-ever general counsel for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.