President Joe Biden nominated the first Muslim ever, several Black women and also an Asian American, to federal judgeship Tuesday in a push for diversity in the US court system.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday named several black women, an Asian American and the first Muslim to be a federal judge in a bid to diversify the US court system.
The first name on their list is Judge Ketanji Brian Jackson, an African-American who was named in a U.S. court appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is considered to handle large cases.
Upon confirmation by the Senate, Jackson, 50, will replace Merrick Garland, now Joe Biden's attorney general, and is in a good position to run for office if a vacancy arises.
To date, no black woman has served in the nine-judge high court.
Neil Katyal, a former executive of the K Department and a former American solicitor, tweeted, "Ketanji Jackson Brown is one of the best judges in the country with smart and deep values and is now joining our second-highest court."
Two other African-American women were nominated by Joe Biden for federal appeals court positions.
Among those elected to the federal district courts were two other African Americans (one of them is male), two Asian Americans, one Hispanic, and two white women.
With Senate approval, Zahid Qureshi, age 45, will become the first Muslim to serve as a federal district judge.
Qureshi is of Pakistani descent and now he is currently serving as a magistrate judge in New Jersey.
" Judge Quraishi has defended and served our country with distinction in numerous roles -- and can make history if confirmed as the first Muslim American federal judge," said New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
Overall, the nominations reflect a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that make our nation stronger, ”Biden said in a statement.
Under the US Constitution, the President nominates people to serve for life in the Supreme Court and other federal courts and is approved by the Senate.
Trump has won more than 200 conservative judges during his tenure and has worked with then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the issue, which has been dear to American conservatives for decades.Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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