Roderick C. Young, a former federal prosecutor and a longtime magistrate judge in Richmond, has been appointed a district court judge by the U.S. Senate.
Young was confirmed Thursday in a 93-2 vote. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said they recommended Young for the post in March based on the assessments of an independent panel of lawyers and feedback from numerous bar associations in Virginia.
He was nominated by President Donald Trump in May.
“Roderick Young will be a fair, even-minded judge who is already well-respected in the Commonwealth. We were proud to recommend his nomination to this court, and we’re pleased to see him confirmed today,” Kaine and Warner said in a joint statement.
Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and an expert on the federal judiciary, said Thursday that Young’s near-unanimous confirmation is one of the strongest among Trump’s 216 appointees. Many appointees had close, party-line votes, he said.
“His overwhelming confirmation vote shows the senators recognized that Judge Young will be a fine jurist because he possesses much relevant experience and is smart, industrious, ethical, independent and has balanced judicial temperament,” Tobias said.
Tobias said he expects Young will start as soon as possible. His elevation also means that the judges in the Eastern District of Virginia will need to appoint his replacement in the Richmond Division.
Young is filling a vacancy created on Aug. 1, 2019, when U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith assumed senior status after 30 years on the court.