Obama Nominates Ramona Villagomez Manglona to be Federal District Court Judge in the CNMI


Guam –  Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has announced that the White House had informed him that Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Judge for the Federal District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. Judge Manglona’s name will now be sent to United States Senate for confirmation.

Congressman Sablan issued the following statement:

Congratulations to Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona for having been selected by the President of theUnited States to be on the Federal District Court. This is a position of high trust.

Those of us who know Judge Manglona and have observed her in her work as an Associate Judge with the Superior Court recognize that the President has made an excellent choice. Judge Manglona will bring an impeccable standard of integrity and intelligence to the Federal bench.

Judge Manglona’s nomination by the President should also be a matter of deep pride for all of us in theNorthern Mariana Islands. For the first time, the Federal District Court Judge will be someone who is from our local community, who knows us and will bring the benefit of that knowledge to her work. I consider this a milestone in the political development of the Northern Mariana Islands and in our maturity as part of the American system of government.

It has been over a year since I recommended Judge Manglona to President Obama for his consideration. In doing so, I sought to establish the precedent that the Northern Mariana Islands Delegate to Congress would be accorded the same deference with respect to nominations for the Federal District Court here, that is given to United States Senators for such nominations within their respective States. I appreciate that President Obama responded as he has, by accepting my recommendation.

I can imagine how long a year this must have been for Judge Manglona. The level of scrutiny that a candidate for such high federal office undergoes is thorough indeed. But Judge Manglona met those high standards, the same standards that are applied to Federal judges throughout our Nation. We can be assured that her background is unblemished, her competence is without question, and her sense of compassion and justice are in keeping with the President’s own.

As I expressed to the President in making my recommendation, Ramona Manglona is also particular distinguished by her dedication to public service. In this she is a model for young people in our community. Indeed, more than a model, Judge Manglona has also made it her work to increase educational opportunities and expand educational resources for the youth of our islands.

She is, too, an exemplar for women, having been the first female Attorney General of the Commonwealth and now, of course, the first woman to be nominated to the Federal DistrictCourt for the Northern Mariana Islands.

I pledge to continue to support Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona in every way I can. She must now be confirmed by the United States Senate. This, too, can be an arduous and lengthy process. But I am sure that Judge Manglona will acquit herself well and make all of her family and all of us here in the Northern Mariana Islands proud of her and of her accomplishment.

Once again, congratulations Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona on this high honor.