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US Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history

01:50  11 june  2021
01:50  11 june  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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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 .

Zahid Nisar Quraishi (born 1975)[1] is a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey who is a nominee to be a United States District Judge of the same court. If confirmed , he will be the first Muslim - American to serve on a federal district court.[10].

The Senate on Thursday voted 81-16 to confirm Zahid Quraishi as U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in the country's 244-year history.

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Qurashi will be "the first Muslim American to serve as an Article III judge in our history," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

The son of Pakistani immigrants, Quraishi was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, where he earned his law degree from Rutgers Law School. He joined a law firm in 2001, but enlisted in the military after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as nation's first Muslim federal judge

  Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as nation's first Muslim federal judge Judge Zahid Quraishi was confirmed to the U.S. district court in New Jersey, 81-16.Quraishi received bipartisan backing from the upper chamber with its 81 to 16 vote to confirm him to the federal court in Trenton. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination with bipartisan support last week.

President Biden on Tuesday nominated Judge Zahid N. Quraishi to be a federal judge on the U . S . District Court for the District of New Jersey, a move that would make the Army veteran the first -ever lifetime-appointed Muslim federal judge if confirmed . "This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession," the White House said in a statement Tuesday about a list that also included 10 other Quraishi was appointed in 2019 to be a magistrate judge in the District of New Jersey by the judges he now seeks to join on the bench.

In March, President Joe Biden announced he would nominate Zahid Quraishi , a magistrate judge in New Jersey since 2019, to join the United States District Court for New Jersey, a post that would make him the first Muslim federal judge in America . They say the Biden administration sidestepped many Muslim American civil rights organizations to nominate Quraishi , and that many of his legal positions are unknown. Most troublingly to them, they point to his résumé, specifically his past work as a lawyer for U . S . Immigration and Customs Enforcement and, while serving in the military during the

"Those events of that day inspired Judge Quraishi to consider a career in public service. He applied to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where he was commissioned as an officer and attained the rank of captain," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said before the vote, noting that Quraishi served two tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star and a Combat Action Badge.

After leaving the Army, Quraishi went to work for Department of Homeland Security and then the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey before returning to private practice. In 2019, he was appointed as a U.S. magistrate judge in New Jersey — making him the first Asian-American to serve on the federal bench in the state.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called on his colleagues to vote for Quraishi, calling him "a person of patriotism who happens to be Muslim."

"This is history," Booker said urging his colleagues "to achieve something that should have been achieved a long time ago."

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