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Judicial Nominations Update

It has been less than a week since my last update, but a lot has changed since then.

On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm 15 new federal judges.  The tranche included three circuit court judges: Richard Sullivan (Second), David Porter (Third), and Ryan Nelson (Ninth).  With the confirmations of these new judges, a total of 29 of President Trump’s circuit court nominees have been confirmed since Inauguration Day.

Last Wednesday evening, President Trump announced his 18th wave of judicial nominees, which included nominees to the Second and Ninth Circuits.  (I detailed the bios of those new circuit court nominees in a Bench Memos post earlier this week.)

Also on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance eight judicial nominees to the Senate floor, including Jonathan Kobes, President Trump’s nominee to the Eighth Circuit.

Here is an update on the status of President Trump’s federal judicial nominations. The figures below include last week’s new wave of nominations:

Current and known future vacancies:  154

Courts of Appeals:  15

District/Specialty Courts*: 139

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  72

Courts of Appeals:  12

District/Specialty Courts*:  60

* 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 186 No Not yet scheduled
Eric Miller (9th) 7/19/2018 88 No Not yet scheduled
Bridget Shelton Bade (9th) 8/27/2018 49 No Not yet scheduled
Allison Jones Rushing (4th) 8/27/2018 49 Yes Not yet scheduled
Joseph Bianco (2nd) 10/12/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled
Michael Park (2nd) 10/12/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled
Patrick Bumatay (9th) 10/12/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled
Dan Collins (9th) 10/12/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled
Ken Lee (9th) 10/12/2018 5 No Not yet scheduled

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Eric Murphy (6th) 6/18/2018 119 10/10/2018
Chad Readler (6th) 6/18/2018 119 10/10/2018

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported to Senate Floor
Jonathan Kobes (8th) 6/11/2018 124 10/11/2018

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 34

Courts of Appeals:  1

District/Specialty Courts:  33

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate: 84

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 29

District/Specialty Courts:  53

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

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