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Judicial Nominations Update

Last week the Senate confirmed Andy Oldham to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Oldham was the 23rd federal circuit court judge confirmed during President Trump’s administration, setting a new record for most circuit judges confirmed in the first two years of a presidency.  Not yet 40 years of age, I expect Oldham to be a superb federal judge who will have a significant impact on the federal judiciary for decades to come.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  187

Supreme Court:  1

Courts of Appeals:  21

District/Specialty Courts*: 165

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  98

Courts of Appeals:  12

District/Specialty Courts:  86

* 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 103 No Not yet scheduled
Richard Sullivan (2nd) 5/7/2018 78 No Not yet scheduled
Jonathan Kobes (8th) 6/11/2018 43 Yes Not yet scheduled
Eric Murphy (6th) 6/18/2018 36 No Not yet scheduled
Chad Readler (6th) 6/18/2018 36 No Not yet scheduled
Eric Miller (9th) 7/19/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending JudiciaryCommittee Hearing Date
Ryan Nelson (9th) 5/15/2018 70 7/11/2018

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported to Senate Floor
Britt Grant (11th) 4/12/2018 103 7/19/2018
David Porter (3rd) 4/12/2018 103 7/19/2018
Jay Richardson (4th) 5/7/2018 78 7/19/2018
Marvin Quattlebaum (4th) 5/7/2018 78 7/19/2018

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 54

Courts of Appeals:  4

District/Specialty Courts:  50

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate: 44

Supreme Court: 1

Courts of Appeals: 23

District/Specialty Courts:  20

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

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