Schumer Statement On The Record Pace Senate Democrats Have Set In Confirming President Biden’s Historic Slate Of Judicial Nominees

June 1, 2022

Seventy Five Percent Of The Judges Confirmed By This Senate Are Women, Nearly Two Thirds Are People Of Color, Ensuring The Federal Bench Better Reflects The Diversity Of America

Senate Democrats have made historic progress by confirming President Biden’s historically diverse and well-qualified slate of nominees to the federal judiciary. Thanks to the tireless work of Senate Democrats, President Biden has had more total circuit and district court nominees confirmed through this point in his term than any president since John F. Kennedy. Senate Democrats are committed to rebuilding the federal judiciary with professionally and personally diverse judges, confirming historic numbers of public defenders and civil rights lawyers as well as fourteen Black women judges to the federal bench, more than any former president at this point, including the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson. In fact, seventy five percent of the judges confirmed by this Senate are women, and nearly two thirds are people of color, ensuring the federal bench better reflects the diversity of America.    

 “Last week, Senate Democrats confirmed the 66th  judicial nomination made by President Biden to serve a lifetime appointment on the federal bench, the most confirmed judges at this point in any president’s term in the last sixty years,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “This is critically important and a historic win for the American people. Three quarters of these judges are women, almost two thirds are people of color. These judges will bring badly-needed diversity to the judiciary: not just demographic diversity, but also professional diversity, adding to the breadth and width and depth of knowledge possessed by the courts. Senate Democrats will work to build on this progress and continue to confirm President Biden’s nominees to the federal bench.”

Thanks to Senate Democrats, President Biden has had more total circuit and district court nominees confirmed by the end of May of his second year in office than any President since JFK.

President

Circuit court judges confirmed through May of second year

District court judges confirmed through May of second year

Total circuit and district court confirmations through May of second year

 

 

Total judicial confirmations, including SCOTUS

Biden

16

49

65

66

Trump

17

21

38

39

Obama

9

16

25

26

Bush 43

9

48

57

57

Clinton

8

50

58

59

Bush 41

13

30

43

43

Reagan

12

44

56

57

Carter

10

32

42

42

Ford

6

24

30*

31*

Nixon

13

18

31

33

Johnson

4

17

21*

21*

Kennedy

15

74

89

90

Eisenhower

8

26

34

35


Sources: Congress.gov; fjc.gov

*indicates terms not begun in January and used first 16 months for reference

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