Roll Call: Biden poised to add diversity to federal courts

In the News

Todd Ruger


Racial Equity

This excerpt is from a panel that originally ran on December 7, 2020.

Of Trump’s nearly 200 judges appointed to lifetime positions, 85 percent are white and 24 percent are women, according to statistics kept by liberal advocacy group Alliance for Justice. That makes his appointees the least racially diverse since the George H.W. Bush administration.

In comparison, President Barack Obama, with Biden as his vice president, made adding diversity to the federal benches a priority in his judicial selection process. Of Obama’s more than 300 appointees, 64 percent were white — the lowest percentage of any president — and 42 percent were women — the highest of any president, according to the Alliance statistics.

Read the complete piece on Roll Call.