Thursday, March 4, 2010 | 9:47 a.m.
The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved the nomination of Clark County Deputy District Attorney Gloria Navarro to serve as U.S. district judge in Nevada.
The approval, which was made by voice vote, means that the nomination by President Barack Obama will now move to the full Senate for confirmation.
If confirmed by the Senate, Navarro will be the first Latina to serve as a federal judge in Nevada.
The committee's approval prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to say:
“I am extremely pleased the Senate Judiciary Committee has recognized Navarro’s merits and potential by voting her nomination out of committee for consideration on the Senate floor. Navarro has proven throughout her personal and professional life that she embodies the values our country cherishes — hard work, discipline, and respect for the rule of law. As majority leader, I will do all I can to ensure Navarro is quickly confirmed by the full Senate.”