WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday confirmed by an overwhelming majority the first Muslim American judge to serve on the federal bench.
Zahid Quraishi, a former military prosecutor and army captain in Iraq who tried public corruption cases as a federal prosecutor, will serve as a judge in a US district court in New Jersey.
“Judge Quraishi has dedicated his career to serving our country, and his story embodies both the rich diversity of New Jersey and America’s promise as a place where anything is possible,” said Senator Robert Menendez, DN.J., during a press conference. speech in the Senate before the confirmation vote.
The vote was 81-16 with all “no” votes cast by Republicans.
Quraishi is now President Joe Biden’s third judicial candidate to obtain Senate confirmation. The other two were confirmed earlier this week, while a fourth – Ketanji Brown Jackson – could be confirmed as early as Monday in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after senators voted 52 -46 to end the debate on his appointment.
The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles judicial appointments, tweeted after the vote that “we’re just getting started“Regarding judicial appointments. Judicial President Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said earlier this week that some 80 judges could be confirmed in the coming months.
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Born to Pakistani immigrants in New York and raised in Fanwood, New Jersey, Quraishi was among a diverse list of 11 forensic candidates proposed by Biden in March.
Biden is committed to diversifying the federal judiciary, a stark contrast to Donald Trump who appointed more than 200 judges – the vast majority of them white – to the federal bench during his four years.
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As Biden unveiled his list of 11, he called them “a pioneering list of nominees.”
“Each is deeply qualified and ready to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people – and together they represent the great diversity of background, experience and perspective that makes our nation strong,” he said. -he declares.
A graduate of Rutgers Law School, Quraishi was a partner in the New Jersey law firm Riker Danzig, where he conducted white-collar criminal investigations. Since 2019, he has been a magistrate in New Jersey, a bailiff appointed by the judges of the district courts.
Contribution: Hannan Adely, NorthJersey.com