First Black Judge In U.S. History for the Federal Circuit

Attorney Tiffany P. Cunningham made history earlier this week as the first Black judge in U.S. history for the Federal Circuit, a federal appeals court. 

“This is a truly historic confirmation—Ms. Cunningham will serve as the first Black judge on the Federal Circuit.  She will not only bring much-needed diversity to the bench, but she will bring impeccable credentials as well,” Senator Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in a statement. He continued, “I’m pleased my colleagues joined me in a bipartisan manner in support of Ms. Cunningham’s nomination.”

C-SPAN Producer Craig Caplan confirmed the news in a Twitter post, revealing that Cunningham is also “the third U.S. Circuit Court judge and eight federal judges overall to be confirmed by the Senate during the Biden Administration.” In a later post, Caplan noted that 14 Senate Republicans, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, voted in favor of the 45-year-old and she is one of three Black women to be “confirmed to these Circuit Courts.” 

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