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Judicial-Nominations Update

President Trump speaks at the White House, April 17, 2019. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s 100th nominee since Inauguration Day (as well as his 101st and 102nd). This is a tremendous accomplishment by the President, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham, and his predecessor, Senator Chuck Grassley.

After the confirmations of five district-court nominees this week, next week Leader McConnell intends to turn back to the task of confirming court of appeals nominees. Yesterday he filed for cloture to end debate on the nominations of Joseph Bianco and Michael Park, President Trump’s pending nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  If confirmed, Bianco and Park will be the 38th and 39th court-of-appeals judges confirmed since Inauguration Day.

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

Current and known future vacancies:  159

Courts of Appeals:  10

District/Specialty Courts*: 149

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies:  59

Courts of Appeals: 5

District/Specialty Courts*:  54

* 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 86 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 171 3/7/2019
Michael Park (2nd) 11/13/2018 171 3/7/2019
Dan Collins (9th) 11/13/2018 171 4/4/2019
Ken Lee (9th) 11/13/2018 171 4/4/2019

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes:38

Courts of Appeals: 4

District/Specialty Courts: 34

Days Pending

  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 600 days ago: 1
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 500 days ago: 3
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 400 days ago: 5
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 300 days ago: 21

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate during the 116th Congress: 17

Supreme Court: 0

Courts of Appeals: 7

District/Specialty Courts: 10

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day: 102

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 37

District/Specialty Courts: 63

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

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