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POTUS Nominates Chauvin Prosecutor to Federal Bench, Adding to His Historic Record of Judicial Appointments

POTUS Nominates Chauvin Prosecutor to Federal Bench, Adding to His Historic Record of Judicial Appointments

President Joe Biden has now made more judicial nominations than any President since Ronald Reagan. In fact, President Biden’s 81 first-year nominations and 42 confirmations have outpaced all predecessors, with the exception of President John F. Kennedy. And the President is likely to end 2022 with more confirmations than most recent predecessors.

On Wednesday, President Biden nominated one of the prosecutors who helped convict a former Minneapolis police officer of murder in the killing of George Floyd to be a federal judge, Jerry Blackwell. President Biden also nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Dana Douglas for an open seat on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Douglas, who awaits U.S. Senate confirmation, would become the first minority woman on the federal appeals court that oversees district courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, with President Joe Biden, speaks after she was nominated for Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, DC, February 25, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

The President has also focused his nominations on creating more diversity on the bench at the federal level, appointing more people of color than not. In the second year of his term, he’s still on track to nominate more non-white male judges, although he is lagging in appointing judges from the Asian-American/AAPHI community.

Senate Democrats are racing to confirm as many of President Biden’s judicial nominees as possible before the November midterm elections, when they face the risk of losing their narrow 50-50 control of the chamber.

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