Senate Democrats have prioritized the confirmation of President Biden’s judicial nominees since taking the majority – this week alone, this Senate confirmed five nominees to lifetime positions on the federal bench. This Senate has confirmed more women, more people of color, and more Black judges to serve on the federal bench than any Senate in any president’s first term in history. Today, Senate Democrats confirmed President Biden’s 152nd and 153rd judicial nominees, Monica Ramirez Almadani to the Central District of California and Brandy McMillion to the Eastern District of Michigan. Both of these women make history, as the 100th person of color and 50th Black judge respectively confirmed by Senate Democrats after nomination by President Biden. During President Biden’s first term, this Senate has confirmed more women of color to the bench than during any other president’s full time in office. This Senate has now confirmed 102 women to the federal bench – nearly double that of President Trump’s term and more than the full first term of any president. These well-qualified and historically diverse judges are helping to reshape the federal judiciary, and adding a new breadth of experience to the bench. From civil rights lawyers and defense attorneys to historic firsts like the first Muslim American man and woman confirmed to the federal judiciary, these judges are helping our legal system to better reflect America.
“Democrats are making our courts look more like America: this majority has confirmed more women, more Black people, more people of color to the bench, than any full first term of any previous president,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “That’s a record to be proud of.”
This Senate has confirmed more people of color to Circuit Court judgeships than any other president’s full time in office.
These judges are helping to expand the depth of experience on the federal bench. From Myrna Perez, formerly the director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections Program, to the Innocence Project’s former senior litigation counsel, Nina Morrison, and Julie Rikelman, the attorney who defended the Mississippi clinic in the Dobbs case that ultimately overturned Roe, these judges are adding important, previously underrepresented perspectives to the federal bench.