The Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Sarah Merriam to sit on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, installing President Joe Biden’s first nominee from Connecticut to the New York-based court.
In a 53-44 vote, Merriam’s appointment continues Democrats’ streak of confirming more nominees with public defense backgrounds to federal Circuit Courts. Biden has sought to expand diversity in the federal judiciary when it comes to gender, race and professional background. He set the record for the number of public defenders appointed to Circuit Courts on Wednesday and that number now ticks up to seven with Merriam’s appointment to the bench.