Biden outpaces Trump in first-year judicial confirmations, leaving his own mark on the courts

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In his first year in office, President Biden saw a record number of his candidates for county and district courts vindicated by the Senate and left his own mark on the federal courts.

During 2021, the Senate confirmed 40 of Biden’s nominees for county and district courts across the country – most in a year since former President Reagan’s tenure.

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Meanwhile, the White House extolled the diversity of Biden’s appointed judges, saying they “represent the diversity of the American public.”

Biden has nominated 53 women for federal justice offices. He has nominated 20 African Americans, 15 Hispanics, and 13 Asian-American and Pacific Islanders.

The White House said 78% of confirmed judges are women while 53% are colored.

President Biden speaks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on December 11, 2021.
(AP photo / Carolyn Kaster)

“These judges will bring much-needed diversity to the judiciary: not just demographic diversity, but professional diversity, expanding the breadth and breadth and depth of the courts’ knowledge,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN. Y in a statement.

“Due to the commitment of President Biden and the Senate Democrats for the restoration of federal justice, it is no longer a bank, that is simply public prosecutors, partners in large law firms – but many, many others from social classes with different and used” perspectives at the Bundesbank such as public defenders, Civil rights activists, election experts and more. “

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The White House also said the judges are “numerous historic firsts” – including the first openly LGBT woman to serve as a federal appellate judge in American history, Judge Beth Robinson of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Second District, and the first female African American judge on U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Tiffany Cunningham.

Judge Zahid Quaraishi of the U.S. District Court for the New Jersey District is the first Muslim American to serve as a federal judge, and Judge Myrna Perez is the only active Latina to serve in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Second District and only the second Latina who ever served on this dish.

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth District is the first Korean American to serve as a federal appeals judge, and Judge Lauren King of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington is the first Native American judge to serve anywhere in the state Washington.

Regina Rodriguez, U.S. judge for the District of Colorado nominated for President Biden, speaks during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2021 in Washington.

Regina Rodriguez, U.S. judge for the District of Colorado nominated for President Biden, speaks during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2021 in Washington.
(Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

In 2017, the first year of former President Trump’s tenure, the Senate confirmed twelve of its district court candidates and six of its district court candidates.

While Biden far outstripped Trump, a senior Republican Senate adviser pointed out that Trump also confirmed his first Supreme Court candidate in 2017 – Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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The GOP adviser also pointed to a rule change during the end of the Trump administration: the Senate can now process district court candidates with less debate.

Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, U.S. judge for the Seventh Circuit candidate for President Biden, speaks during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2021 in Washington.

Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, U.S. judge for the Seventh Circuit candidate for President Biden, speaks during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2021 in Washington.
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Meanwhile, the White House said the judges represent “the rich professional diversity of the legal profession,” with 20% of confirmed judges having served as civil rights attorneys and 40% as public defenders during their legal careers.

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“President Biden has campaigned for decades to strengthen the Bundesbank, which is why he has appointed exceptionally skilled, experienced, rule of law and constitutional judges to serve the American people,” the White House said.

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