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A Look at President Trump’s Nominees to the Second and Ninth Circuits

This evening, President Trump announced his 18th wave of judicial nominees, including two nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  With this announcement, only a handful of federal court of appeals vacancies lacking named nominees remain.

Filling these instrumental federal judicial appointments is a significant accomplishment by the President, as well as Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

And the President continues his trend of making outstanding nominations to the courts of appeal.  The nominees announced today will bring significant experience and desperately needed philosophical diversity to the Second and Ninth Circuits.

Below are links to bios of the five new appellate court nominees announced today.

Joseph Bianco (Second Circuit)

Michael Park (Second Circuit)

Patrick Bumatay (Ninth Circuit)

Dan Collins (Ninth Circuit)

Ken Lee (Ninth Circuit)

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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