Biden has by far done more to reshape the appearance of the courts than any U.S. president in history..
To date, the president has nominated a total of 121 individuals to federal judgeships since he took office in January 2021 and has seen 76 of his nominees confirmed as of Aug. 2. His confirmation total is more than former Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan at the same point in their presidencies.
Among Biden’s federal judge confirmations, 28% are black, 22% are Hispanic, and 18% are Asian, according to a July report by the American Bar Association. Despite his appointment gains, data show there are still racial disparities in the judiciary, with 78% of federal judges who are white, while only 11% of judges are black, 8% are Hispanic, and around 4% are Asian. The latest U.S. Census Bureau data show the population of the nation is 14% Black, 19% Hispanic, and 6% Asian.
Still, 77% of Biden’s confirmed judicial appointments have been women, making 30% of the federal judiciary now female, up 3% from 2020. Biden’s female appointee record is also greater than Obama’s record of women appointees, which represented 42% of his total confirmations. By comparison, 24% of Trump’s confirmed judicial appointments were women. Read more…