Biden, Schumer Confirming 100th Judicial Nominee In Effort To Overhaul Court

( – President Joe Biden’s 100th judicial nominee has been confirmed by Democrats, a milestone he reached faster than both President Trump and President Obama. 

Schumer tweeted the news, touting the confirmations have added “more women [and] more people of color” to the courts.

When Democrats took over the presidency, Senate and House in 2021, they hoped to elect more liberal judges to the courts. So far, Biden has selected a high number of public defenders, civil rights lawyers and labor lawyers compared to previous presidents to not only trial-level district courts but also to the intermediate-level circuit appeals courts.

On Feb. 13, the Senate confirmed the first Asian American to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Cindy Chung. On Feb. 14, the Senate, in a 54-45 vote, making Gina Méndez-Miró a district court judge in Puerto Rico.

Biden’s total federal court confirmations include 30 Circuit judges, 69 District judges, and one U.S. Supreme Court justice, and include 76 women, and 68 people of color, 33 are Black and 21 are Hispanic, according to Senate Democrats.

Schumer also said his party is not slowing down and has vowed to continue filling court vacancies.

At this point in Trump’s presidency he had 85 total confirmed judges, according to Sen. Schumer. Obama only had 67 at this point in his presidency.

However, by the time Trump left office, he had nominated the most new judges of any president in his first four years with 234.

Trump also confirmed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Biden has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson. Obama nominated two Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan however neither was confirmed.

According to the U.S. Courts, current vacancies on the U.S. courts of appeals and district courts stand at 87 with and 46 nominees pending.

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