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Judicial Nominations Update

The White House is continuing the process of re-nominating judicial nominees whose nominations had expired at the end of the 115th Congress.  Currently there are 63 nominees pending in the Senate—12 circuit court nominees and 51 district and specialty court nominees.

Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced 44 judicial nominees (including six circuit court nominees) to the Senate floor where they are currently awaiting confirmation votes.

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nominations of Joseph Bianco and Michael Park, President Trump’s nominees to the Second Circuit.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  170

Courts of Appeals:  16

District/Specialty Courts*: 154

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  63

Courts of Appeals: 12

District/Specialty Courts*:  51

* Includes the Court of Federal Claims and the International Trade Court

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination


Days Pending Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Joseph Bianco (2nd) 1/23/2019 22 No 2/14/2019
Michael Park (2nd) 1/23/2019 22 No 2/14/2019
Dan Bress (9th) 2/6/2019 8 No Not yet scheduled
Dan Collins (9th) 2/6/2019 8 No Not yet scheduled
Ken Lee (9th) 2/6/2019 8 No Not yet scheduled


Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Neomi Rao (DC) 1/23/2019 22 2/6/2019


Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported to Senate Floor
Allison Jones Rushing (4th) 1/23/2019 22 2/7/2019
Eric Murphy (6th) 1/23/2019 22 2/7/2019
Chad Readler (6th) 1/23/2019 22 2/7/2019
Eric Miller (9th) 1/23/2019 22 2/7/2019
Bridget Shelton Bade (9th) 1/23/2019 22 2/7/2019
Paul Matey (3rd) 1/23/2019 22 2/7/2019

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes:44

Courts of Appeals: 6

District/Specialty Courts: 38

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day: 85

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 30

District/Specialty Courts: 53

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

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