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Consuelo María Callahan : biography

June 9, 1950 -

Consuelo María ("Connie") Callahan (born June 9, 1950) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ninth Circuit nomination and confirmation

On February 12, 2003, Callahan was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her Senate confirmation hearing was on May 7, 2003. On May 22, 2003, she was confirmed by a 99-0 vote.

Possible Supreme Court nomination

On September 20, 2005, the New York Times named Callahan as a possible successor for United States Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor She was supported by some Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as being more moderate than many of Bush's other appointees. On October 9, 2005 Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak reported Callahan was one of two finalists for the O'Connor seat, the other being White House Counsel Harriet Miers, whom Bush nominated. On October 27, 2005, Miers withdrew her name from consideration. Callahan was again mentioned as a possible nominee. Bush ultimately nominated Samuel Alito to O'Connor's seat.


Callahan was born in Palo Alto, California. She was raised in Fremont and attended public schools both in Fremont and in Los Altos. She graduated from Stanford University with an honors degree in English in 1972. She graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1975.

Callahan began her law career as Deputy City Attorney for Stockton, California, then became Deputy District Attorney in San Joaquin County. She focused her practice on child abuse and sexual assault cases. In 1986, she became a commissioner of the Stockton Municipal Court. In 1992, she became the first Hispanic woman to be appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. In 1996, Governor Pete Wilson appointed her to serve on the Third District California Court of Appeal in Sacramento.

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