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Senators have made the following statements in support of Biden's commitment to judicial diversity:

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

"I absolutely share President Biden’s commitment to seeking a diverse federal bench – not just in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, but in professional background as well. Public defenders, civil rights and legal aid lawyers, and attorneys who have represented individual Americans in their pursuit of justice are broadly underrepresented in our national federal judiciary despite playing a critical role in our legal system. And that should change.”

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

"Our court system, more so than any other institution, is dedicated to the idea that everyone—not just the wealthy or powerful—should have a fair shot at justice. It is crucial that those serving as a federal judge reflect the broad diversity of America, and I will continue to advocate for choosing nominees who bring a diversity of life and professional experiences, including those who have been historically underrepresented on the federal bench."

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

“The Cato Institute had a study that showed there was four times as many prosecutors as defense attorneys in the federal judiciary and, in terms of background, life experiences, upbringing, racial, gender background, having a more broadly diverse federal judiciary is a goal of this administration, and certainly one that I strongly support.”

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

“Diversity in our federal district courts doesn’t just mean having racial and gender diversity, though we should strive for both. It means having diversity of background, perspective and professional experience as well. By appointing judges from outside corporate law and prosecutor roles who may better understand the life experiences of those who come before them, we can help make our criminal justice system fairer for everyone.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

“I am committed to putting forth exceptional judicial nominees, who are not only high-qualified individuals with a breadth of experience, but who also represent the racial and gender diversity needed to build a stronger federal judiciary that truly reflects American society.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

“We need a richness of diversity, including professional diversity, on the federal courts,” Feinstein said in a statement to The Chronicle. “My judicial advisory committee has reviewed more than 300 applicants for the current vacancies, a record number of applicants that highlights California’s strength and diversity.”

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

"As you know, when our judicial system is filled with people who have diverse experiences and backgrounds, judges are able to make more informed decisions - I would argue better decisions. And when the judiciary looks like the community, the community is more likely to have confidence in their rulings. I will always believe that diversity is what makes our state and our nation strong. I’m very pleased that President Joe Biden is making diversity a priority, including diversity of professional backgrounds. We need judges who have experience in all parts of the law, including civil rights lawyers, labor lawyers, public defenders."

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

“For too long, our justice system has underrepresented many of America’s voices, and Trump made matters worse by working to stack the courts with individuals who put corporate special interests before the rights of everyday Americans. I share President Biden’s goal of having a diverse federal judiciary that brings experience from the broader legal community to the bench, including public defenders and civil rights lawyers. Maryland’s nominees embody that commitment. We must ensure that our federal bench reflects the values of our nation and the communities they serve and upholds the rights of all Americans.”

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

“Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell packed the federal bench with Federalist Society-selected, overwhelmingly white, and overwhelmingly male nominees, all of whom share common credentials favored by the Republican donor class. The federal bench ought to reflect American society and the broader legal community, including judges of different races, genders, and backgrounds in the law. I look forward to the Biden administration delivering on its promise of diversity, and to a judiciary that represents more fully the communities it serves.”