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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Senate Reaching The Historic Milestone Of 200 Well-Qualified And Diverse Judicial Nominees Confirmed Under President Biden

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on Senate Democrats reaching their milestone of confirming 200 judges nominated by President Biden. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Today, the Senate reaches a significant milestone: 200 judges confirmed to lifetime appointments under President Biden and this very proud Democratic Majority.

200 judges who are restoring balance and excellence to our courts.

200 judges who are increasing the diversity and dynamism of our judiciary.

200 judges who are committed to applying the law fairly, impartially, equally.

Of these 200 judges, I’m so proud 127 are women and 125 are people of color – both traditionally underrepresented demographics on the bench. We’re making our courts look more like America. It’s not just going to be partners, male white partners in fancy law firms. It’s much more diverse. And the bench is better for it. It’s something we can all be proud of.

127 women, 125 people of color –over twice as many women and more than three times as many people of color confirmed under the last administration.

We’ve confirmed more Black judges. More Latino judges. More Asian American judges. We confirmed the first Muslim American man and woman on the bench. The first Navajo federal judge. The first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, of course, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

We’ve confirmed more judges who have served as public defenders and civil rights lawyers and consumer lawyers and immigration lawyers and labor lawyers. Again, not just partners in big law firms.

We’ve confirmed more judges, in other words, who embody the very ideal of America: a place where the rule of law is protected, where the rights of all are honored, and where everyone – everyone – gets a fair shake.

I commend Chairman Durbin. I commend the Judiciary Committee for their great work processing judges in and out of committee. I commend President Biden for nominating so many of these people and working with our Senate colleagues as to who would be best from their states and regions. Senate Democrats are very proud of our record. We are proud of our judges. And we will keep going.