“Mr. Quraishi will be the first American Muslim in United States history to serve as an Article III federal judge. The third largest religion in the United States, and he will become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated Wednesday in ground remarks forward of the vote.

“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 to do,” Schumer stated, noting how Quraishi is a “powerful” instance of this.

Prior to his affirmation, Quraishi has been serving as a United States Justice of the Peace judge in New Jersey. According to his biography, he’s of Pakistani ancestry and has the excellence of being the first Asian-American to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin stated in ground remarks on Thursday that Quraishi has “had an amazing public service career,” and famous that he’s “the son of Pakistani immigrants.”

In March, when Biden introduced his intention to appoint Quraishi, the White House stated he “served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Judge Quraishi served as an assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also served as a military prosecutor and achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006.”


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