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Judicial Nominations Update

On Saturday, the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  With Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a total of 69 of President Trump’s nominees have been confirmed to the federal bench to date.

Now Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will return to the task of processing the federal judicial nominees who are still pending before the end of the 115th Congress.

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of Eric Murphy and Chad Readler to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  This hearing was thrice rescheduled on account of schedule disruptions due to the supplemental hearing held for Kavanaugh in late September.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  168

Courts of Appeals:  18

District/Specialty Courts*: 150

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  77

Courts of Appeals:  10

District/Specialty Courts:  67

* 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 180 No Not yet scheduled
Eric Murphy (6th) 6/18/2018 113 No 10/10/2018
Chad Readler (6th) 6/18/2018 113 No 10/10/2018
Eric Miller (9th) 7/19/2018 82 No Not yet scheduled
Bridget Shelton Bade (9th) 8/27/2018 43 No Not yet scheduled
Allison Jones Rushing (4th) 8/27/2018 43 Yes Not yet scheduled

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Jonathan Kobes (8th) 6/11/2018 120 8/22/2018

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported to Senate Floor
David Porter (3rd) 4/12/2018 180 7/19/2018
Ryan Nelson (9th) 5/15/2018 147 9/13/2018
Richard Sullivan (2nd) 5/7/2018 155 9/13/2018

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 38

Courts of Appeals:  3

District/Specialty Courts:  35

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate: 69

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 26

District/Specialty Courts:  41

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

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