Mendoza nominated for federal bench

<p>Salvador Mendoza</p>

Salvador Mendoza

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A state judge from the Tri-Cities has been nominated by President Obama to become a federal judge for Eastern Washington.

Salvador Mendoza Jr. was nominated on Thursday.

Mendoza has been a Superior Court judge for Benton and Franklin counties since last year. Before that he was a lawyer in private practice, and also worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney and in the state Attorney General's office.

Mendoza received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from UCLA.