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Judicial Nominations Update

Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed motions to invoke cloture (end debate) on two judicial nominations (including that of Jonathan Kobes, President Trump’s nominee to the Eighth Circuit).  This will set up a confirmation vote for Kobes sometime the week of November 26th after the Senate returns from its Thanksgiving recess.

Here is an update on the status of President Trump’s federal judicial nominations:

Current and known future vacancies:  158

Courts of Appeals:  15

District/Specialty Courts*: 143

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  73

Courts of Appeals:  13

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
Joseph Bianco (2nd) 11/13/2018 6 No Not yet scheduled
Michael Park (2nd) 11/13/2018 6 No Not yet scheduled
Patrick Bumatay (9th) 11/13/2018 6 No Not yet scheduled
Dan Collins (9th) 11/13/2018 6 No Not yet scheduled
Ken Lee (9th) 11/13/2018 6 No Not yet scheduled
Neomi Rao (DC) 11/14/2018 5 N/A 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 154 10/10/2018
Chad Readler (6th) 6/18/2018 154 10/10/2018
Eric Miller (9th) 7/19/2018 123 10/24/2018
Bridget Shelton Bade (9th) 8/27/2018 84 10/24/2018
Allison Jones Rushing (4th) 8/27/2018 84 10/17/2018
Paul Matey (3rd) 4/12/2018 221 11/14/2018

 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 161 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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