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Judicial Nominations Update

The big update this week, of course, is President Trump’s nomination on Monday of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh also creates a new known future vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Earlier this week the Senate confirmed Mark Bennett, President Trump’s nominee to the Ninth Circuit from Hawaii. Bennett’s confirmation marks the 22nd federal circuit court judge confirmed during President Trump’s administration, tying President George H.W. Bush’s record for most circuit judges confirmed in the first two years of a presidency.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Ryan Nelson from Idaho, another of President Trump’s nominees to the Ninth Circuit.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  184

Supreme Court:  1

Courts of Appeals:  22

District/Specialty Courts*: 160

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 91 No Not yet scheduled
Richard Sullivan (2nd) 5/7/2018 66 No Not yet scheduled
Jonathan Kobes (8th) 6/11/2018 31 Yes Not yet scheduled
Eric Murphy (6th) 6/18/2018 24 No Not yet scheduled
Chad Readler (6th) 6/18/2018 24 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 91 5/23/2018
David Porter (3rd) 4/12/2018 91 6/6/2018
Jay Richardson (4th) 5/7/2018 66 6/20/2018
Marvin Quattlebaum (4th) 5/7/2018 66 6/20/2018
Ryan Nelson (9th) 5/15/2018 58 7/11/2018

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported to Senate Floor
Andrew Oldham (5th) 2/15/2018 147 5/24/2018
Ryan Bounds (9th) 9/7/2017 308 6/7/2018

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 49

Courts of Appeals:  2

District/Specialty Courts:  47

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate:  43

Supreme Court: 1

Courts of Appeals: 22

District/Specialty Courts:  20

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