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Zahid Quraishi confirmed by Senate as first Muslim American federal judge

The Senate have confirmed Zahid Quraishi to the District Court of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history.

Quraishi is the son of Pakistani immigrants and has also worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and military prosecutor. He also achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

The US has reached major milestones in terms of diversity with the election of the first female vice president, Georgia’s first Black senator, and the first openly transgender health secretary and now the confirmation of the first Muslim American federal judge.

In announcing his confirmation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “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.”

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