Schumer on Judges Confirmed by Democrats: ‘Three-Quarters Have Been Women, Two-Thirds Have Been People of Color’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 8, 2022 | 12:05pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday in which he provided a breakdown by race and gender of the people confirmed to the federal judiciary since Democrats gained functional control of the Senate in January 2021.

Super-majorities of confirmed judges, Schumer explained, have been women and people of color.

On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is African American, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Justice Jackson is the most important example, but we have been working on this for over a year,” Schumer said of the Senate’s confirmation of judges who are people of color.

“Of the 58 Senate-confirmed federal judges since we took the majority, three-quarters have been women, and two-thirds have been people of color,” said Schumer.

“It is not just racial and gender diversity that matters,” Schumer said. “We have strived to lift up judges who bring diversity through their experience: more public defenders in our courts, more civil rights lawyers, more election lawyers.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Schumer’s remarks where he cited the percentage of women and people of color the Democrat-majority Senate has confirmed to federal judgeships:

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.): “For all of these reasons, increasing the diversity of the Court has been one of my highest priorities and one of the highest priorities of our Senate Democratic majority of whom I am so proud.

“Justice Jackson is the most important example, but we have been working on this for over a year. Of the 58 Senate-confirmed Federal judges since we took the majority, three-quarters have been women, and two-thirds have been people of color. It is not just racial and gender diversity that matters. We have strived to lift up judges who bring diversity through their experience: more public defenders in our courts, more civil rights lawyers, more election lawyers.”

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