Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) is angry that President Joe Biden didn't name more straight, white men to the federal judiciary in his first two years in office — so much so that he actually complained about it on the House floor this week, The Daily Beast reported.
"'I was expecting maybe 25 or 30 were white guys,' Grothman said. 'Five of the 97 judges were white guys. Of those, two were gay. So, almost impossible for a white guy who’s not gay, apparently, to get appointed here,'" reported Erik Uebelacker. "The federal judiciary is still, largely, white and male. As of 2022, 78 percent of Article III federal judges are white, while 70 percent are men, according to the American Bar Association. Only 4 percent of federal judges were black women."
Biden, who has been confirming new judges at a rapid pace, has sought to increase the diversity of the judiciary.
In addition to racial diversity, he has sought professional diversity, relying less on the traditional candidate pool consisting largely of prosecutors and white-shoe law partners, and naming attorneys who work in public advocacy law and especially public defenders.
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Grothman, who was first elected in 2014 and represents east-central Wisconsin communities including Winnebago, Sheboygan, and Fond du Lac, has a lengthy history of controversies.
In 2017, Grothman demanded cuts to college aid because poor students were, in his words, spending too much money on "goodies and electronics." In 2018, he defended former President Donald Trump calling African countries "sh*tholes" by saying it was no worse than former President Barack Obama inviting the Rev. Al Sharpton to the White House. Earlier this year, Grothman posted an image that showed his office contains a flag associated with a sect of Christian nationalists tied to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.