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President Biden Nominates Five New Federal Judicial Nominees, Making a Total of 90 So Far

President Biden Nominates Five New Federal Judicial Nominees, Making a Total of 90 So Far

President Joe Biden plans to announce five new judicial nominees on April 18th, which will elevate two judges to federal circuit courts while picking three to serve on district courts. The new nominees reflect President Biden’s goals of adding racial, ethnic, and professional diversity to the courts.

The President is nominating John Z. Lee, a district court judge in Illinois, to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Salvador Mendoza Jr., a district court judge in Washington, to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also plans to nominate Stephen Henley Locher to the Southern District of Iowa; Nancy L. Maldonado to the Northern District of Illinois; and Gregory B. Williams to be district court judge in Delaware. If confirmed, Lee would be the first Asian American to serve on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees numerous Midwestern states. Maldonado would be the first Hispanic woman to be a federal judge in Illinois, according to the White House.

The new list brings President Biden’s total to 90 judicial nominations, the highest since the Reagan administration. The Senate has confirmed 59 of Biden’s picks to Article III courts, most notably Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on a vote of 53-47 last Thursday, in a major victory for the President.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has made it a priority to confirm the President’s nominees, and Democrats have been unified behind his selections, winning some Republican votes along the way for many of them.

72 percent of President Biden’s picks for judges will be women, 30 percent will be Black, 21 percent will be Hispanic and 19 percent will be Asian American, the White House official said. In terms of personal background, 27 percent will be public defenders and 22 percent will be civil rights lawyers. “After years of the previous administration confirming judges that were disproportionately white, disproportionately male, disproportionately from big law firms, Senate Democrats are working to bring balance back to our judiciary,” said Sen. Schumer. “It will make our democracy healthier, fairer, and stronger as the country grows increasingly diverse in this century.”

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