Washington DC: President Biden has officially confirmed the most judges during a president’s first year in the last 40 years. The Senate confirmed President Biden’s 40th federal judicial nominee on December 18, ushering in a new milestone for the administration.
As the president and White House officials gear up to take off for the holidays, lawmakers swiftly confirmed ten more district court judges. According to the White House’s website, Biden has chosen “three African American women” for Circuit Court vacancies, including the former sentencing commissioner, Kentaji Brown Jackson, and Judge Tiffany Cunningham.
The diverse roster also includes “the first AAPI woman to ever serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C., and the first woman of color to ever serve as a federal judge for the District of Maryland.” Back in June, Zahid Quraish became the first Muslim American federal judge under Biden’s legislative plea.
According to CNN, the president’s judiciary selections include 53 women who now make up nearly “73 percent of all judicial nominees, as well as 20 African Americans, 15 Hispanics, and 13 Asian American Pacific Islander picks.”
“Because of the commitment to restoring the federal judiciary by President Biden and Senate Democrats,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is no longer a bench that is simply prosecutors, partners in large law firms — but rather many, many others from walks of life with different and needed perspectives on the federal bench, such as public defenders, civil rights lawyers, election experts, and more,” he added.
During Donald Trump’s term, the Senate confirmed 18 circuit and district court judges in his first year in office.