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Judicial Nominations Update

President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor near Washington, D.C., March 2, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Last week the Senate voted to confirm the first judicial nominee of the 116th Congress, Eric Miller  (Ninth Circuit), by a margin of 53 to 46, and more confirmations are expected this week.  Later this afternoon, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing (Fourth Circuit). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also filed for cloture on the nominations of Chad Readler (Sixth Circuit) and Eric Murphy (Sixth Circuit).

Also last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Neomi Rao (D.C. Circuit) to the Senate floor. On Thursday, the committee is expected to vote 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:  15

District/Specialty Courts*: 155

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  62

Courts of Appeals: 11

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

Date

Days Pending Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Dan Bress (9th) 2/6/2019 27 No Not yet scheduled
Dan Collins (9th) 2/6/2019 27 No Not yet scheduled
Ken Lee (9th) 2/6/2019 27 No Not yet scheduled

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes  

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Joseph Bianco (2nd) 1/23/2019 41 2/13/2019
Michael Park (2nd) 1/23/2019 41 2/13/2019

 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 41 2/7/2019
Eric Murphy (6th) 1/23/2019 41 2/7/2019
Chad Readler (6th) 1/23/2019 41 2/7/2019
Bridget Shelton Bade (9th) 1/23/2019 41 2/7/2019
Paul Matey (3rd) 1/23/2019 41 2/7/2019
Neomi Rao (DC) 1/23/2019 41 2/28/2019

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes:44

Courts of Appeals: 6

District/Specialty Courts: 38

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate during the 116th Congress: 1

Supreme Court: 0

Courts of Appeals: 1

District/Specialty Courts: 0

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day: 86

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 31

District/Specialty Courts: 53

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

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