President Bush on Tuesday nominated a federal jurist in Florida to be U.S. district judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Bush's nomination of Virginia Maria Hernandez Covington (search) must be confirmed by the Senate.

The 48-year-old judge, who is married with three children, currently is judge of the Second District Court of Appeals (search). Before that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the asset forfeiture (search) section of the U.S. attorney's office for the Middle District.

She received her law degree from Georgetown University, and has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Tampa.