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Senate Confirms First-Ever Muslim American Federal Judge

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First Muslim Federal Judge confirmed

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Zahid Quraishi to a lifetime seat on a U.S. district court, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history.

Senators voted 81-16 to confirm Quraishi, 46, to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is President Joe Biden’s third confirmed judicial nominee, and received the strongest bipartisan vote yet

To put Quraishi’s confirmation in context: There are currently close to 900 federal judgeships. In the 230-year history of the U.S. courts, more than 4,200 people have served as Article III judges ― that is, lifetime judges on district courts, appeals courts and the Supreme Court. Not one has been Muslim American, until now.

Senate Democrats wasted no time celebrating the historic nature of Quraishi’s confirmation.


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