GOP Blocks First Native American Federal Judge for Montana

By Mike Fishmore | May 30, 2024

Prior approval

A Republican representative from Montana blocked the nomination of a Biden administration judicial candidate, Danna Jackson, who would have been the first Native American federal district court judge in the state. 

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Senator Steve Daines intervened in Jackson's nomination process, citing the administration's lack of prior approval as the reason for his objection.

Appointing federal judges

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Dumke emphasized Daines' stance on the significance of appointing federal judges with lifetime appointments, asserting that these individuals must demonstrate a commitment to impartiality and refrain from judicial activism.