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Jaya Badiga: First Telugu Woman to Become US Judge, Captivates Audience with Inaugural Speech

Jaya Badiga: First Telugu Woman Appointed as US Judge Swears In With Heartfelt Speech

In a groundbreaking moment, Jaya Badiga, an Indian-born woman, has made history by becoming the first Telugu woman to be appointed as a judge in the United States. Recently appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court in California, Badiga delivered a heartfelt swearing-in speech in her mother tongue, Telugu.

Beginning her speech with the words, “Mee andariki naa hrudayapurvaka swagatham,” meaning “A heartfelt welcome to you all,” Badiga concluded with the Sanskrit mantra, “Asato Ma Sadgamaya,” translating to “Lead me from falsehood to truth.” This display of deep cultural roots and respect for her heritage has resonated with many, leading to her speech going viral on social media.

Badiga’s journey to this prestigious role is nothing short of inspiring. Hailing from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, she previously served as a Commissioner at the Sacramento County Superior Court and is a certified family law specialist with over a decade of experience. Her academic achievements include a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Badiga has a noteworthy career in public service, having worked at organizations such as the California Department of Health Care Services and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. As a member of the Democratic Party, her dedication to justice and public service is evident in her professional journey.

Badiga’s appointment has been met with widespread celebration, especially within the Telugu community. Her ability to seamlessly blend her professional achievements with her cultural heritage has made her an inspiring figure for many.

In a separate but equally significant appointment, Governor Newsom also appointed Raj Singh Badhesha as a Judge in the Fresno County Superior Court, making him the first Sikh judge in California. Badhesha’s commitment to justice and his unique cultural background have also captured the attention and support of various communities.

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