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Judicial Nominations Update

On Monday the Senate will return from its Memorial Day recess, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a cloture vote for a district court nominee that afternoon.  Leader McConnell has also filed for cloture for two other district nominees, setting in motion the confirmation votes of three district nominees by late next week or early the following week.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  178

Courts of Appeals:  22

District/Specialty Courts*: 156

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 49 No Not yet scheduled
Paul Matey (3rd) 4/12/2018 49 No Not yet scheduled
Richard Sullivan (2nd) 5/7/2018 24 No Not yet scheduled
Jay Richardson (4th) 5/7/2018 24 Yes Not yet scheduled
Marvin Quattlebaum (4th) 5/7/2018 24 Yes Not yet scheduled
Ryan Nelson (9th) 5/15/2018 16 Yes 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 266 5/9/2018
Britt Grant (11th) 4/12/2018 49 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 105 5/10/2018
Andrew Oldham (5th) 2/15/2018 105 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

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