Diversity on the Bench

AP, May 20, 2009

Presidents and the total number of judges they named, broken down by women and minorities, dating from the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was the first to nominate a woman to be a federal judge.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: 184 judges, 1 woman.

Harry Truman: 131 judges, 1 woman, 1 African-American.

Dwight Eisenhower: 165 judges.

John F. Kennedy: 125 judges, 1 woman, 3 African-Americans, 1 Hispanic.

Lyndon Johnson: 167 judges, 3 women (including the first African-American woman), 9 African-Americans, 3 Hispanics.

Richard Nixon: 220 judges, 1 woman, 6 African-Americans, 2 Hispanics, 1 Asian-American.

Gerald Ford: 62 judges, 1 woman, 3 African-Americans, 1 Hispanic, 2 Asian-Americans.

Jimmy Carter: 258 judges, 40 women (including the first Hispanic woman), 37 African-Americans, 16 Hispanics, 3 Asian-Americans, 1 Native American.

Ronald Reagan: 358 judges, 29 women, 7 African-Americans, 14 Hispanics, 2 Asian-Americans.

George H.W. Bush: 187 judges, 36 women, 11 African-Americans, 8 Hispanics.

Bill Clinton: 367 judges, 104 women (including the first Asian-American woman), 61 African-Americans, 23 Hispanics, 5 Asian-Americans, 1 Native American.

George W. Bush: 321 judges, 71 women, 23 African-Americans, 30 Hispanics, 4 Asian-Americans.

Source: Federal Judicial Center

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