February 07, 2011

Judge Marco Hernandez Confirmed as District Court Judge for Oregon

Wyden Says the Life of Jurist Nominated by Two Presidents of Different Parties is a “Billboard for the American Dream

Washington, D.C. – In the latest step in a career described as a “billboard for the American dream,” U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) congratulated Oregon State Court Judge Marco Hernandez today for being confirmed as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Oregon. Judge Hernandez -- a former dishwasher, teacher’s aide and deputy District Attorney – was nominated to fill a vacant position on the District Court by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama and has enjoyed the support of Oregon Senators from both parties.

“One of the reasons that leaders from both parties support Judge Hernandez is that throughout his judicial career, he has demonstrated a special affinity for creative solutions,” Wyden said during a floor speech before the Senate confirmed Judge Hernandez. “Judge Hernandez is so well-regarded across Oregon and across the political spectrum that he’s been nominated not by one, but by two presidents of different parties, and at the recommendation of two senators of different parties.”

Hernandez moved to Oregon alone at the age of 17, supporting himself as a dishwasher, janitor and teacher’s aide while attending night classes at a local community college. He transferred to Western Oregon State College where he was awarded the Delmer Dewey Award as the most outstanding male student in his class. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law, Hernandez worked for Oregon Legal Services representing farm workers before becoming a deputy District Attorney and state court judge. He has served on the state bench for 15 years.

Judge Hernandez’s name was put forth for presidential nomination by Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley after being chosen as part of a small group of candidates by a 13- member committee in Oregon. He was unanimously confirmed.

Judge Michael Simon has been nominated by President Obama to fill the second open seat on the District Court. His confirmation is expected to be reported out of committee this week and brought to the floor for a vote shortly thereafter.