Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the vote to confirm Arun Subramanian as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
Today the Senate confirms a first-rate legal mind, someone I was proud to champion to the President for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench: Arun Subramanian of New York.
Mr. Subramanian is the epitome of the American Dream and a history maker: the child of hard-working immigrants from India, he will become the first South Asian to preside in the Southern District, which has one of the largest South Asian populations in the country.
Mr. Subramanian’s resume tells a very clear story: he is excellent, he is accomplished, he’s dedicated his entire career fighting for average Americans. He served as a law clerk to Judge Dennis Jacobs on the Second Circuit, Judge Gerard Lynch in the Southern District of New York, and the late, great, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He’s an expert in consumer protection with years of experience defending those injured by unfair, illegal practices. He’s also defended victims of child trafficking in pornography.
Our courts need more people like Arun Subramanian. I am proud to support his confirmation. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting him today.
Once we confirm Mr. Subramanian, this United States Senate Majority will have confirmed 114 judges to the bench: 30 Circuit Court Judges, 83 district court judges, and one incredible Supreme Court Justice in Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Of those 114 nominees, eighty-two are women. Seventy-eight are people of color. And again, Mr. Subramanian is the first South Asian Judge confirmed to the Southern District of New York.
Because of the work done by this majority, our federal judiciary is far more balanced, far more diverse, far more experienced than the one we had just two years ago. And it’s something every American can be proud of.