Judge Kenly Kiya Kato

On December 15, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Kenly Kato to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a seat previously held by Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell. Judge Kato has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California since 2014. Should Judge Kato be confirmed, she would be the third AAPI woman judge to ever serve in the Central District of California.