Biden off to quick start in appointing federal judges, outpacing several recent predecessors
UPDATED 12:36 PM PT – Sunday, August 8, 2021
Joe Biden has reportedly filed vacancies on the federal bench at a much quicker pace than 45th President Trump. According to recent reports, eight of the 33 nominees the Democrat has put forward have already been confirmed by the Senate, including seven last month.
An expert with the Bookings Institution said Biden has appointed more federal judges than any president, at this point in their tenure, in the last forty years. Additionally, 14 of Biden’s picks for the federal court are waiting for confirmation votes in the upper chamber.
For now, it’s unclear if Biden will catch the 45th president’s count of 234 judges confirmed in his first term.
CONFIRMED: Eunice Lee, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit. As recommended to @POTUS by Majority Leader @SenSchumer, she’ll be the only public defender among the court’s active judges and just the second Black woman ever to serve on the 2nd Circuit. pic.twitter.com/rdngdJIolu
— Senate Judiciary Committee (@JudiciaryDems) August 7, 2021