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Judicial Nominations Update

Last week was another big week on the judicial nominations front.  Three new district judges were confirmed, bringing the total number of judges confirmed during the 115th Congress to 42.  Notwithstanding the fact that these three judges were confirmed by wide margins (and two of them were confirmed unanimously), the Democratic minority yet again required time-wasting cloture votes for all three nominees.

Additionally, President Trump also announced his fifteenth wave of judicial nominees (discussed in detail here), which brings the number of pending nominees to 94.

Here is this week’s update on federal judicial nominations, which includes last week’s new wave of nominees:

Current and known future vacancies:  177

Courts of Appeals:  22

District/Specialty Courts*: 155

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  94

Courts of Appeals:  13

District/Specialty Courts:  81

* 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
Paul Matey (3rd) 4/12/2018 61 No Not yet scheduled
Richard Sullivan (2nd) 5/7/2018 36 No Not yet scheduled
Jay Richardson (4th) 5/7/2018 36 Yes Not yet scheduled
Marvin Quattlebaum (4th) 5/7/2018 36 Yes Not yet scheduled
Ryan Nelson (9th) 5/15/2018 28 Yes Not yet scheduled
Jonathan Kobes (8th) 6/7/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled
Eric Murphy (6th) 6/7/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled
Chad Readler (6th) 6/7/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Britt Grant (11th) 4/12/2018 61 5/23/2018
David Porter (3rd) 4/12/2018 61 6/6/2018

 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 117 5/10/2018
Andrew Oldham (5th) 2/15/2018 117 5/24/2018
Ryan Bounds (9th) 9/7/2017 278 6/7/2018

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 43

Courts of Appeals: 3

District/Specialty Courts:  40

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate:  42

Supreme Court: 1

Courts of Appeals: 21

District/Specialty Courts:  20

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

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