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More Excellent Judicial Nominees Announced Today

Now that the Senate is back from recess, The White House is able to deliver another outstanding collection of nominees for their consideration. I will follow this post with bios of the appellate nominees, who continue to fulfill—in spades—the campaign promise of the President to appoint judges faithful to the Constitution and the rule of law.

The three appellate and thirteen district court nominees will bring the total number of nominees in process to 48. But while the administration is working at full speed to select judges, Senate confirmation is still far outpaced by judicial retirements thanks to the Democrats’ abuse of Senate procedures to create gridlock. President Trump took office with 105 vacancies, and the number has ballooned by more than 1/3 to 144 and counting. I hope today’s nominees enjoy the efficient confirmation that individuals of their exceptional qualifications, character, and principle deserve.

D.C. Circuit:  Greg Katsas

Ninth Circuit:  Ryan Bounds

Eleventh Circuit:  Elizabeth L. “Lisa” Branch



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