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Rosemary Marquez

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Rosemary Marquez
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   81-15
Active:   5/15/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Frank Zapata
Personal History
Born:   1968
Hometown:   Los Angles, California
Undergraduate:   University of Arizona, B.A., 1990
Law School:   University of Arizona Law, J.D., 1993

Rosemary Marquez is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Prior to joining the court, she was a private practice attorney in Tucson, Arizona. On June 23, 2011, Barack Obama nominated Marquez to an Article III post on the District of Arizona.[1] The United States Senate confirmed Marques on May 15, 2014, over 1000 days after her nomination, on a vote of 81-15.[2]

Early life and education

Marquez attended the University of Arizona, earning her B.A. in 1990 and her J.D. three years later.[3]

Professional career

  • 2008-2014: Sole Practitioner, Marquez Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2000-2008: Partner, Montoya and Marquez, PLLC
  • 2000-2003: Volunteer Hearing Officer, Pima County Law Enforcement Merit System Council
  • 1996-2000: Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender's Office, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1994-1996: Assistant Legal Defender, Pima County Legal Defender's Office
  • 1993-1994: Deputy County Attorney, Pima County Attorney's Office
  • 1993: Law Clerk, Edgar and Soto, PLLC
  • 1992-1993: Law School Externship, National Law Center for Northern America Free Trade
  • 1992-1993: Law Clerk, Law Office of Juan Perez-Medrano[3][4]

Judicial career

District of Arizona

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Rosemary Marquez
 Court:District of Arizona
 Progress:Confirmed 1057 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:June 23, 2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:January 28, 2014
ApprovedAReported:February 27, 2014 
ApprovedAConfirmed:May 15, 2014
 Vote: 81-15

Rosemary Marquez was nominated to the District of Arizona by Barack Obama on June 23, 2011, to a seat vacated by Frank Zapata on his retirement.[1] Obama said of the nomination, “I am honored to put forward such highly qualified candidates for the federal bench. Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps and Rosemary Márquez will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court.”[3]

Marquez received a Unanimously Qualified rating from the American Bar Association. You can find her Committee Questionnaire available here.[5]

Marquez's nomination was returned to the president on January 3, 2013. The nomination was resubmitted on January 4, 2013.[5]

Marquez's nomination was returned for the third time by the Senate on January 3, 2014, and she was again renominated on January 6th by President Obama.[6]

Two years after nomination

In 2011, Marquez was nominated alongside Jennifer Zipps, who was later confirmed in October 2011. As of October 2013, Marquez still had not received a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. When Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake were asked about the nomination, both simply said, "No comment."[7] On February 27, 2014, Marquez was reported to the full Senate by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a vote of 15-2.

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and confirmation

On January 28, 2014, 951 days after her nomination, Rosemary Marquez had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This came after Senator Jeff Flake submitted his blue slips for Marquez and five other District of Arizona nominees.[8] Marquez was reported to the full Senate on February 27, 2014 by a committee vote of 15-2.[9] On May 15, 2014, the United States Senate confirmed her to the District of Arizona on a vote of 81-15.[2]

Awards and associations


  • 2009: Pima County Bar Association Dedicated Service Award
  • 2003: Pima County Board of Supervisors Appreciation for Dedicated Service
  • 2002: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Pro Bono Legal Services Award
  • 1999: Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities Award
  • 1997: National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute Certificate Award
  • 1997: Courts Are Us, Lawyer-Mentor for Local Teens, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 1990-1993: Council on Legal Education Fellowship
  • 1991-1992: Rosenstiel Scholarship
  • 1990-1991: Cordova A. Valdemar Scholarship


  • 2008-Present: Executive Board, Beacon Group
  • 2007-Present: Board Member, Pima County Bar Association
  • 2002-2003: Board of Trustees, Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • 1997-1998: President, Arizona Minority Bar Association[4]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Frank Zapata
District of Arizona
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Succeeded by:

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