NEW YORK: The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Indian American Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan, who is currently the principal deputy solicitor general of the US, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by 97-0 votes.
Exactly a week ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously approved his nomination to the job.
46-year-old Srinivasan, who was born in Chandigarh, becomes the first judge of South Asian origin to join the US Courts of Appeal in Washington DC.
Welcoming the appointment, Obama said, “Sri is a trailblazer who personifies the best of America. Born in Chandigarh, India, and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Sri spent nearly two decades as an extraordinary litigator before serving as principal deputy solicitor general of the United States. Now he will serve with distinction on the federal bench. Sri will in fact be the first South Asian American to serve as a circuit court judge in our history.”
The prestigious US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit is considered a stepping stone to the US Supreme Court. It is considered prestigious because it reviews legal challenges and decisions of the US government.
There is now real possibility that he could be nominated to the US Supreme Court if any vacancy arises during Obama’s presidency as he is rated as one of the best appellate advocates in the country.
Srinivasan, born in Chandigarh on Feb. 23, 1967, came to the US with his parents when he was four. He grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, where his father was a professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas. He did his B.A. with distinction from Stanford University in 1989 and later his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School.
Interestingly, Srinivasan also played for his Lawrence High School basketball team, as well as with his university and future NBA star Danny Manning. His sister Srinija Srinivasan was one of the first five employees at Yahoo.