Republicans in the U.S. Senate may have derailed Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but nothing stopped his confirmation today to the California Supreme Court.
His confirmation makes him the only Democrat on the seven-member court.
The 40-year-old University of California law professor won praise and the support of the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments, which must confirm gubernatorial nominations to the state’s high court.
Liu, a constitutional law scholar at UC Berkeley, ran into Republicans in Congres who criticized him as “outside the mainstream” for such past statements as calling the bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. But his nomination to the state high court sailed through without a hitch.
Liu has never been a judge and was born in Georgia but came to Sacramento more than 30 years ago.
The hearing on his confirmation lasted little more than an houre and no one spoke in opposition to his confirmation.
The Commission is comprised of the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, the state Attorney General and the senior presiding justice of the state Court of Appeal.
Liu will take over from retired Justice Carlos Moreno.
His long running fight to win confirmation to the federal appeals court was shot down by conservatives who managed to force his nomination to languish for more than a year. He finally withdrew his nomination when it became clear he would not be confirmed.