WASHINGTON: The US Senate has accepted the historic nomination of Pakistani-American Zahid Quraishi to the District Court in New Jersey, making him the first Muslim federal choose within the nation’s historical past.
The Senate voted 81-16 on Thursday to verify Quraishi, 46.
As many as 34 Republicans joined the Democrats in confirming the first-ever Muslim-American as a federal choose.
Currently, a Justice of the Peace choose for the District of New Jersey, Quraishi would now make historical past when he will likely be sworn in as the Judge of the US District Court of New Jersey.
“Judge Quraishi has devoted his profession to serving our nation, and his story embodies each the wealthy range of New Jersey and the promise of America as a spot the place something is feasible,” stated Senator Robert Menendez throughout a speech on the Senate ground earlier than the affirmation vote.
Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Zahid Quraishi is a person of integrity, a consummate public servant, and a trailblazer for Asian-Americans and Muslim-Americans throughout this nation who dream of in the future presiding over a court docket of their very own,” he stated.
“We ought to all draw inspiration from his story as a result of it’s a story that would solely happen within the United States of America,” Menendez stated.
The US District Court of New Jersey is without doubt one of the busiest within the nation, with 46,000 circumstances pending earlier than it and with judges going through particular person caseloads greater than triple the nationwide common.
Quraishi was appointed as a US Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey within the Trenton Vicinage on June 3, 2019.
Quraishi, who’s of Pakistani ancestry, is the first Asian-American to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey.
“Judge Quraishi has devoted his profession to serving our nation, and his story embodies each the wealthy range of New Jersey and the promise of America as a spot the place something is feasible.
He was born in New York and grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey together with his mother and father, each immigrants from Pakistan who got here to this nation to construct a greater life,” Menendez stated.
Before his appointment, he was Chair of Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defence and Investigations Group and his agency’s first Chief Diversity Officer.
Before becoming a member of Riker, Quraishi served as an Assistant US Attorney within the District of New Jersey for over 5 years.
He beforehand represented the United States as an Assistant Chief Counsel and trial legal professional with the US Department of Homeland Security.
He additionally served as a navy prosecutor and achieved the rank of Captain within the US Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council applauded this historic second as Judge Quraishi is now the first American Muslim to serve as an Article III federal choose.
The Biden administration is fulfilling its promise to make the federal authorities extra consultant of the wealthy range of America, it stated.
“In the previous few months, now we have seen an American Muslim lady, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Sameera Fazili, converse from the White House dais on financial coverage,” the council stated.
President Joe Biden has additionally nominated Dilawar Syed for the Small Business Administration and Lina Khan for the Federal Trade Commission.
“Judge Zahid Quraishi’s affirmation is a trademark on this new period of progress for American Muslims, breaking limitations by filling roles that haven’t been traditionally stuffed by Muslims,” the assertion stated.