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Senate Confirms Michelle Childs To Powerful D.C. Circuit Court Of Appeals

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The Senate voted Tuesday to verify Michelle Childs to a lifetime seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, making her the fourth Black woman to ever serve on the powerful court in its 130-year history.

Childs was confirmed, 64 to 34. Every Democrat voted for her, together with several Republicans.

Childs, 56, has been a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina since 2010. She was previously a state circuit judge in Columbia, South Carolina, for 4 years.

President Joe Biden was considering nominating Childs to the Supreme Court earlier this yr to fill retiring Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat. Powerful South Carolina lawmakers including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D) were lobbying the president hard to choose Childs. Biden ultimately nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson for that seat, though, which led to Graham having a tantrum during her confirmation hearing.

Judge Michelle Childs was confirmed to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, making her the fourth Black woman to take a seat on the court in its 130-year history.

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But Childs’ confirmation to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals isn’t exactly sloppy seconds. The court is taken into account the second-most powerful within the country after the Supreme Court. It frequently takes up cases that the Supreme Court doesn’t consider, and it often makes the ultimate decisions on a few of an important cases within the country, particularly those involving Congress and the chief branch.

“The judges who preside on the D.C. Circuit have to be individuals of high character and unassailable qualification – and that’s precisely what now we have in Judge Childs,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor ahead of Childs’ vote.

“Judge Childs has built a fame as each a trailblazing jurist and a staunch defender of the Structure,” he said. “We hope the trailblazers of today could be closer to the norm of tomorrow: we wish our courts to incorporate more women, more diverse candidates, each demographically and professionally, and more judges who come from unique backgrounds … There is just not a doubt in my mind Judge Childs will help advance this noble goal.”

Childs’ confirmation adds to Biden’s track record of putting an incredibly diverse mix of individuals into lifetime judgeships on the nation’s federal courts, each when it comes to demographics and when it comes to skilled backgrounds.

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