Mendoza nominated for federal bench

SPOKANE — A state judge from the Tri-Cities has been nominated by President Obama to become a federal judge for Eastern Washington.

Salvador Mendoza Jr. was nominated on Thursday.

Mendoza has been a Superior Court judge for Benton and Franklin counties since last year. Before that he was a lawyer in private practice, and also worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney and in the state Attorney General’s office.

Mendoza received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from UCLA.

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