The President is announcing his intent to nominate two federal judicial nominees—both of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.
DeAndrea Benjamin has been nominated to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country—both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds.
For example, if confirmed, this slate would include:
- The second woman of color to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- The first person of color to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from Kansas
DeAndrea Benjamin has served as a judge on South Carolina’s Fifth Judicial Circuit since 2011. Previously, Judge Benjamin was a partner at the Gist Law Firm, where she worked from 2001 to 2011. She also served as a municipal court judge from 2004 to 2011. From 1999 to 2001, Judge Benjamin was an Assistant Attorney General in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, and from 1998 to 1999, she was an Assistant Solicitor in the Juvenile and Family Court Division of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Judge Benjamin served as a law clerk for Judge L. Casey Manning on South Carolina’s Fifth Judicial Circuit from 1997 to 1998. Judge Benjamin received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1997 and her B.A. from Winthrop University in 1994.
DeAndrea Benjamin is the wife of the former Mayor of Columbia, Steve Benjamin.
The other nominee, Jabari Wamble, was nominated for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from Kansas.
Jabari Wamble has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas since 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Wamble was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Kansas Attorney General. He was also an Assistant District Attorney for the Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Wamble received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. from the University of Kansas in 2002.