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Blumenthal & Murphy Applaud Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of District Court Nominee Judge Sarah Merriam

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of Judge Sarah Merriam, President Biden’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Connecticut. In a bipartisan 13-9 vote, with two Republicans joining all Democrats, the committee advanced Merriam’s nomination to be considered by the full Senate. 

“Judge Merriam embodies the highest ideals and traditions of our federal district court in Connecticut,” Blumenthal said. “Her extraordinary career and commitment to the law and community service would be an incredible addition to our federal judiciary. I’m proud to have cast my vote today in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Merriam, and I’m looking forward to voting for her confirmation in the United States Senate.”

“I've known Judge Merriam for years, and I've been lucky to learn from her judgement, compassion, and love for her state. Judge Merriam is one of Connecticut’s brightest legal minds and will bring her intellect and deep experience as an advocate for working people to the federal bench. I’m glad to see the Senate Judiciary Committee approve her nomination, and look forward to her confirmation by the full Senate,” said Murphy.

Last month, Blumenthal and Murphy introduced Merriam before her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. 

Judge Sarah Merriam has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut since 2015. Prior to that, Judge Merriam served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the District of Connecticut from 2007 through 2015, and worked as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Meskill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Judge Alvin Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Judge Merriam attended Georgetown University for her undergraduate degree, and began her legal education at the University of Connecticut School of Law before transferring to Yale Law School, from which she received her Juris Doctor in 2000.