The Bay Area federal bench added two new judges Tuesday when the Senate confirmed San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman and San Francisco lawyer James Donato to the lifetime appointments.

Skirting Republican moves to block votes on federal judicial nominees, the Senate pushed Freeman and Donato through in a batch of other nominations that have not encountered any specific opposition. The Senate confirmed Freeman on a 91-7 vote, and Donato by a 90-5 margin.

Donato will replace former Chief Judge James Ware in the San Francisco courthouse, and Freeman will fill a vacancy in San Jose created by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel's move more than two years ago to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.

With the addition of Freeman and Donato, President Barack Obama's appointees now form a majority of federal judges in the region's federal courts in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Vince Chhabria, a San Francisco deputy city attorney, is also awaiting Senate confirmation.

Freeman, 60, has been a state court judge since 2001, when she was named to the San Mateo County bench by former Gov. Gray Davis. She served as presiding judge for the court in 2011 and 2012 and was a longtime lawyer for the county before becoming a judge.

Donato, 53, is a partner in the San Francisco office of the national law firm Shearman & Sterling but spent much of his legal career at Cooley LLP. He also previously was a lawyer in the San Francisco city attorney's office.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who alternates federal judge picks in California with Sen. Barbara Boxer, recommended Freeman and Donato to the White House last year. In a statement, Feinstein praised the two judges, saying they will bring "important experience" to the local federal courts.

Howard Mintz covers legal affairs. Contact him at 408-286-0236 or follow him at Twitter.com/hmintz