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The Senate Confirms The First Muslim American Federal Judge In U.S. History.
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The Senate Confirms The First Muslim American Federal Judge In U.S. History.


The Senate confirmed Zahid Quraishi to a lifetime seat on a federal district court on Thursday, making him the country's first Muslim American federal judge.

Senators voted 81-16 to confirm Quraishi, 46, to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, making him President Joe Biden's third confirmed judicial nominee and receiving the strongest bipartisan vote yet.

Senators from both parties wasted no time in applauding Quraishi's historic confirmation.

“BREAKING: The Senate just confirmed Zahid Quraishi to serve on the District Court for the District of New Jersey,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted minutes after the vote. “He’s the first Muslim American federal judge in US history.”

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) tweeted, “HISTORY WAS MADE.”

BREAKING: The Senate has just confirmed Zahid Quraishi to the District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is the first Muslim American federal judge in US history. — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 10, 2021

HISTORY WAS MADE: Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMendez) just confirmed Zahid Quraishi to the federal District Court of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American in US history to serve as an Article III federal judge. pic.twitter.com/ealfSroiru — Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMendez) June 10, 2021

Quraishi has served as a magistrate judge for the same court since 2019, when he was appointed to the position.

He was previously a partner at Riker Danzig, where he chaired the firm's white collar criminal defense and investigations group and served as the firm's first chief diversity officer; prior to that, he was an assistant US attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.

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