Senate confirms Norfolk woman as federal judge for Eastern District of Virginia

The Senate has unanimously confirmed Arenda L. Wright Allen, a federal public defender in Norfolk, to serve as a federal judge. She will serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Wright Allen, who was nominated for the bench by President Obama in June, also is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Navy JAG officer.

She will be the first black woman to serve on the Eastern District bench in Virginia.

Sen. Jim Webb (D), who along with Sen. Mark Warner (D) recommended Wright Allen’s nomination to Obama, said Wright Allen has “exceptional qualifications” and an “impressive record in the Norfolk community.”

Warner said she has an “impressive record of public service.”

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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