Senate confirms Judge Zahid Quraishi, the first-ever Muslim American federal judge

The first Muslim American judge, Zahid Quraishi, a nominee to be a U.S. district judge for the District of New Jersey, was confirmed by an 81-16 vote.

The confirmation of Quraishi, a former military prosecutor and an Army captain in Iraq who tried public corruption cases as a federal prosecutor, was welcomed by members of the Pakistani community. Zahid Qurashi a son of Pakistani immigrants, was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, where he earned his law degree from Rutgers Law School, he enlisted in the military after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Those events inspired Qurashi to be a public server, reason why he has been on several positions in the law and military environment. Qurashi is one of the eleven nominations by President Joe Biden by March 30, 2021. Among the nominees are Ketanji Brown Jackson, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, Deborah Boardman, Lydia Griggsby and Julien Neals.

A very diverse panel of nominations, Judge Florence Pan, who would be the first Asian American woman on the District Court in the District of Columbia, and Judge Lydia Griggsby, who would be the first woman of color to serve as a federal judge in Maryland among them. “We must expand not only demographic diversity, but professional diversity, and I know that President Biden agrees with me on this, and this will be something that I will set out out to do.” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.


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