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The White House on Wednesday touted the diversity of President Biden’s judicial nominees as it announced nine new federal court nominations.
The nominees are Biden’s eleventh round of federal judicial nominees, which brings the number of his total nominations to 73, one more than former President Donald Trump nominated during his first year in office.
President Biden announces the nomination of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for a second four-year term at the White House in Washington, Nov. 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
“These choices also continue to fulfill the president’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country — both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds,” the White House said in a press release.
The press release from the White House went on to highlight that, if confirmed, Biden’s latest slate of nominees would feature the first Native American Article III judge in California, the only active Hispanic judge on the Eastern District of New York, the first gay Article III judge in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the third Asian American Pacific Islander female judge to serve in the Central District of California.
In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
“President Biden has spent decades committed to strengthening the federal bench, which is why he continues to move rapidly to fill judicial vacancies,” the release added.
Biden’s has nominated 53 women for federal judicial appointments. He has nominated 20 African Americans, 15 Hispanics and 13 Asian American Pacific Islanders.
Most recently, the Senate confirmed Jennifer Sung to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. On Monday, Lucy Koh was also confirmed to serve on the 9th Circuit.
President Biden points to the Oval Office of the White House as he arrives aboard Marine One on the South Lawn in Washington Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Below is the full list of Biden’s most recent nominations:
- Hector Gonzalez, partner at Dechert LLP since 2011, for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
- Kenly Kiya Kato, U.S. magistrate judge for the Central District of California, for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
- Nina Morrison, senior litigation counsel at the Innocence Project in New York City, for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
- William S. Pocan, the deputy chief judge of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
- Jennifer L. Rochon, first general counsel of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Fred W. Slaughter, California Superior Court judge, for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
- Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, California Superior Court judge, for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.