Thomas sarà la seconda donna di colore a servire sul Nono Circuito. Attualmente presta servizio come giudice presso la Corte Superiore di Los Angeles in California, and was formerly an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She also worked as a deputy director of California’s housing and employment agency and special counsel to the New York solicitor general.
Thomas has been a controversial pick for President Biden as GOP opponents accused her of being a far-left progressive. Her nomination was deadlocked coming out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by an 11-11 vote along party lines.
Suo. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused Thomas of being an “activist advocate” during her confirmation process.
“You testified to this committee that you were not aware of what happened in Loudoun County until this morning,” Cruz said during a committee meeting. “I find that remarkable for someone who has spent years as one of the leading activists for allowing transgender biological men to use girls’ restrooms and women’s restrooms.”
The senator was referring to two high-profile sexual assaults that occurred in Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia.
Presidente Biden saw a record number of his circuit and district court nominees confirmed by the Senate in his first year in office, leaving his own mark on the federal courts. Over the course of 2021, the Senate confirmed 40 of Biden’s nominees to circuit and district courts across the nation – the most in one year since former President Reagan was in office.
Former President Trump nominated over 200 candidates to judgeships during his four-year term.