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Judicial-Nominations Update

President Donald Trump talks to reporters in Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Before adjourning for a two-week Easter recess, the Senate confirmed four more district judges, bringing the total number of judges confirmed since Inauguration Day to 97.

And it seems that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell intends to keep the confirmations coming. Before the recess, McConnell filed for cloture to end debate on the nominations of five additional district-court nominees. Their confirmations are expected sometime next week after the Senate returns on Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also scheduled a nominations hearing for next Tuesday, April 30th. The slate of nominees for that hearing has not yet been announced.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  164

Courts of Appeals:  10

District/Specialty Courts*: 154

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  64

Courts of Appeals: 5

District/Specialty Courts*:  59

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

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Nominee (Circuit) Original Nomination


Days Since Original Nomination Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Dan Bress (9th) 2/6/2019 79 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

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Since Original Nomination Date Reported to Senate Floor
Joseph Bianco (2nd) 11/13/2018 164 3/7/2019
Michael Park (2nd) 11/13/2018 164 3/7/2019
Dan Collins (9th) 11/13/2018 164 4/4/2019
Ken Lee (9th) 11/13/2018 164 4/4/2019

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 43

Courts of Appeals: 4

District/Specialty Courts: 39

Days Pending

  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 500 days ago: 3
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 400 days ago: 6
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 300 days ago: 26

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate during the 116th Congress: 12

Supreme Court: 0

Courts of Appeals: 7

District/Specialty Courts: 5

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day: 97

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 37

District/Specialty Courts: 58

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

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