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Judicial-Nominations Update

Yesterday the Senate returned from a one-week recess and voted to invoke cloture on the nomination of Bridget Shelton Bade, President Trump’s nominee to the Ninth Circuit from Arizona. A confirmation vote on Bade’s nomination is scheduled for this afternoon. If confirmed, she will be the seventh court-of-appeals judge confirmed during the 116th Congress, and the 37th since Inauguration Day.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  167

Courts of Appeals:  10

District/Specialty Courts*: 157

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  66

Courts of Appeals: 6

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) Original Nomination Date Days Since Original Nomination Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Dan Bress (9th) 2/6/2019 48 No Not yet scheduled

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Original Nomination Date Days Since Original Nomination Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Dan Collins (9th) 11/13/2018 133 3/13/2019
Ken Lee (9th) 11/13/2018 133 3/13/2019

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Since Original Nomination Date Reported to Senate Floor
Bridget Shelton Bade (9th) 8/27/2018 211 2/7/2019
Joseph Bianco (2nd) 11/13/2018 133 3/7/2019
Michael Park (2nd) 11/13/2018 133 3/7/2019

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 44

Courts of Appeals: 3

District/Specialty Courts: 41

Days Pending

  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 500 days ago: 4
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 400 days ago: 7
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 300 days ago: 30

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate during the 116th Congress: 6

Supreme Court: 0

Courts of Appeals: 6

District/Specialty Courts: 0

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day: 91

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 36

District/Specialty Courts: 53

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