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Politics Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi, making him the first Muslim American federal judge

00:25  11 june  2021
00:25  11 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as first Muslim American federal judge

  Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as first Muslim American federal judge The Senate on Thursday confirmed Zahid N. Quraishi to the District Court of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history. Quraishi received bipartisan support with a 81 to 16 vote, including 32 Republicans who crossed party lines to approve his nomination. In April, President Joe Biden nominated Quraishi to replace Judge Peter Sheridan, who is on senior status. The son of Pakistani immigrants, Quraishi was born in New York City and raised in Fanwood, N.J., After earning his law degree from Rutgers Law School, Quraishi joined LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP. His first day of work was on the day of the terrorist attacks of Sept.

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly confirmed the first Muslim American judge to the federal bench.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Zahid N. Quraishi, nominee to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on April 28, 2021. (Photo by Tom Williams / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 0 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_98X69A.jpg © TOM WILLIAMS, POOL/AFP via Getty Images Zahid N. Quraishi, nominee to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on April 28, 2021. (Photo by Tom Williams / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 0 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_98X69A.jpg

Zahid Quraishi, a former military prosecutor and an Army captain in Iraq who tried public corruption cases as a federal prosecutor, will serve as a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey.

Zahid Quraishi: Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge in US history

  Zahid Quraishi: Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge in US history The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Zahid Quraishi to be a US District Judge for the District of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in US history. © TOM WILLIAMS/AFP/POOL/Getty Images Zahid N. Quraishi testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in April. "Mr. Quraishi will be the first American Muslim in United States history to serve as an Article III federal judge. The third largest religion in the United States, and he will become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday in floor remarks ahead of the vote.

“Judge Quraishi has devoted his career to serving our country, and his story embodies both the rich diversity of New Jersey and the promise of America as a place where anything is possible,” Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said during a speech on the Senate floor prior to the confirmation vote.

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The vote was 81-16 with all the 'no' votes cast by Republicans.

Quraishi is now the third judicial nominee from President Joe Biden to win Senate confirmation. The other two were confirmed earlier this week, while a fourth – Ketanji Brown Jackson – could be confirmed as early as Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after senators voted 52-46 to end debate on her nomination.

US Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as the first Muslim-American federal judge in US history

  US Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as the first Muslim-American federal judge in US history Quraishi is currently serving as a magistrate judge for the District of New Jersey and was confirmed by a 83-16 vote on Thursday.The most recent of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees received considerable bipartisan support during the vote, with 34 Republicans voting to confirm Qursaishi.

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles judicial nominations, tweeted after the vote that "we're just getting started" when it comes to judicial appointments. Judiciary Chairman 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 City and raised in Fanwood, N.J., Quraishi was among a diverse slate of 11 judicial nominees put forward by Biden in March.

Biden has pledged to diversify the federal bench, a sharp 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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At the time Biden unveiled his list of 11, he called them a "trailblazing slate of nominees."

Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge

  Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge The Senate on Thursday confirmed the first Muslim American to serve as a federal judge in U.S. history. Senators voted 81-16 to confirm Zahid N. Quraishi to serve as a district judge for the district court of New Jersey. Thirty two Republicans joined with Democrats to confirm him. "Mr. Quraishi will be the first American Muslim in United States history to serve as an Article III federal judge. Third largest religion in the United States; and he'll become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge," Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said ahead of Thursday's vote.Quraishi has served as a U.S.

"Each is deeply qualified and prepared to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people — and together they represent the broad diversity of background, experience, and perspective that makes our nation strong," he said.

A Rutgers Law School graduate, Quraishi was a partner at the New Jersey law firm Riker Danzig, where he led white-collar criminal investigations. Since 2019, he has served as a magistrate judge in New Jersey, a judicial officer appointed by district court judges.

Contributing: Hannan Adely, NorthJersey.com

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi, making him the first Muslim American federal judge

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