Posted on May 21, 2024

Biden Has Installed the Most Non-White Judges of Any President

Nick Mourtoupalas, Washington Post, May 17, 2024

In three and a half years, President Biden has already installed more non-White federal judges than any president in history. His slate of judges is also majority female — another first.

As Biden and former president Donald Trump barrel toward a fall rematch, The Washington Post is examining the numbers behind their time as president. In this case, we reviewed their approaches to nominating federal judges, who enjoy lifetime tenure once confirmed by the Senate.

Across the Supreme Court, Circuit and District courts, 65 percent of Trump’s appointments are White men. Just 13 percent of Biden’s Senate-confirmed appointments so far are White men, according to a Post analysis of self-reported race and ethnicity data from the Federal Judicial Center.

“I’m particularly proud that these judges reflect the diversity that is our country’s strength,” Biden said in a February statement after his 175th judge was confirmed.

The Senate confirmed three more Biden judges this week, so he is now just shy of his 200th confirmation. The president will need significant Senate action in coming months to match Trump’s pace filling the federal bench. Trump appointed a record 237 federal judges during his term, including three Supreme Court justices.