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Judicial Nominations Update

Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture motions for three district court nominees, setting up their confirmation and cloture votes (if the Democrats require cloture votes) for the week of June 2nd, when the Senate returns from its 10-day recess.  If the three district judge nominees are confirmed, this will mark the 40th, 41st, and 42nd federal judicial nominees confirmed to date.

Also this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Britt Grant, who is currently a Justice on the Supreme Court of Georgia.  The Committee also voted to advance the nomination of Andy Oldham, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to the Senate Floor for a full confirmation vote.

Here is this week’s update on federal judicial nominations:

Current and known future vacancies: 177

Courts of Appeals:  22

District/Specialty Courts*:  155

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies: 85

Courts of Appeals:  10

District/Specialty Courts:  75

* Includes the Court of Federal Claims and the International Trade Court

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
David Porter (3rd) 4/12/2018 43 No Not yet scheduled
Paul Matey (3rd) 4/12/2018 43 No Not yet scheduled
Richard Sullivan (2nd) 5/7/2018 18 No Not yet scheduled
Jay Richardson (4th) 5/7/2018 18 Yes Not yet scheduled
Marvin Quattlebaum (4th) 5/7/2018 18 Yes Not yet scheduled
Ryan Nelson (9th) 5/15/2018 10 No Not yet scheduled


Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Ryan Bounds (9th) 9/7/2017 260 5/9/2018
Britt Grant (11th) 4/12/2018 43 5/23/2018

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported to Senate Floor
Mark Bennett (9th) 2/15/2018 97 5/10/2018
Andrew Oldham (5th) 2/15/2018 97 5/24/2018

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 40

Courts of Appeals:  2

District/Specialty Courts:  38

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate:  39

Supreme Court: 1

Courts of Appeals: 21

District/Specialty Courts:  17

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

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