VIJAYAWADA: Vijayawada native Jaya Badiga has been appointed judge of Sacramento county superior court in California, the first woman from Andhra to become a judge in the US.
Jaya is the daughter of industrialist and former Machilipatnam MP Badiga Ramakrishna. Earlier, she was commissioner in the Sacramento court. She graduated from Osmania University before relocating to US.There, she secured a Juris Doctor – a professional degree required to practise law – from Santa Clara University.

In 2009, Jaya triumphed in the California state bar exam to embark on a legal career that spanned over a decade in private practice. Jaya was among 18 new judges appointed in California.