Obama Makes History in Federal Courts that Will Last Decades


Obama may have lost his battle to appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but analysts say he has still reshaped the federal courts for decades to come.

Once again, President Barack Obama is breaking records… by appointing a record number of women and minorities to lifetime judgeships. Of the nearly 340 judges nominated and confirmed by the Senate, 42 percent are women, 19 percent are black, and 11 percent are Hispanic, equating to more female and minority appointees than any other president before him.

During his presidency, Obama converted 9 of the 13 key federal appeals courts into majority-Democrat courts, of which there was only one when he first took office.

In yet another record, he also appointed at least 11 federal judges who are openly gay.

It was this court that ruled in favor of a transgender student seeking to use high school bathroom facilities matching the student’s gender identity rather than biological gender. Two of the judges were appointed by Obama, and the third by George Bush.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, says of Obama’s four nominees for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: “His picks were undeniably very liberal, very friendly to his approach toward the administrative state, particularly in an administration that was trying to find ways of doing business that didn’t involve having to get the approval of the elected branch.  He used the administrative state very aggressively, and I think that was why the D.C. Circuit was such a big priority for him.”

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