Senate confirms first federal Muslim judge in U.S. history

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By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Zahid Quraishi, a magistrate judge in New Jersey, to the federal bench, making him the first Muslim federal judge in U.S. history. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 81-16 to confirm Quraishi, 46, who is the son of Pakistani immigrants and a former federal and military prosecutor. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York noted on the Senate floor that while Islam is the third-largest religion in the U.S., no Muslim has ever served on the federal bench. “We must expand not only demo…

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