FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Raag Singhal, an Indian American Broward County circuit court judge, was confirmed Dec. 19 by the U.S. Senate as South Florida’s newest federal judge, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“I’m just truly grateful to Senator [Rick] Scott and Senator [Marco] Rubio and President [Donald] Trump for the privilege of becoming a federal judge,” Singhal said in a text message. “It is something I never dreamed of, yet it’s a dream come true.”
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Singhal is a member of the Federalist Society, which advocates conservative legal theories and limited government, and before becoming a judge was active in the Broward Republican Party.
But his nomination by Donald Trump was praised by Democrats as well as Republicans — and by criminal and civil lawyers who have appeared before him as a judge, and opposite him when he was a lawyer in private practice.
Singhal, 56, has been an assistant state attorney and a criminal defense lawyer. In 2011, then-Gov. Rick Scott appointed him as a circuit court judge. In 2014, he won a full six-year term when no candidate came forward to run against him for the seat.
Singhal, whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from India, is Asian American. His given name is Anuraag but is widely known as Raag.
Singhal, whose given name is Anuraag but goes by Raag, and his physician-wife have three children.
U.S. District Court judges serve lifetime appointments. They act as trial judges in federal criminal and civil cases and make findings of fact. Singhal, who was at work in the Broward Courthouse on Dec. 19 while the Senate was acting on judicial nominations, said he expects to assume his new role early in January.