Judicial Nomination Numbers

Here are some numbers to put the judicial confirmation issue in perspective.

President Carter had 56 appellate nominees confirmed.

President Reagan had 83 appellate nominees confirmed over two terms (for an average of 41.5/term).

President Bush (41) had 42 confirmed.

President Clinton had 65 confirmed (an average of 32.5/term).

President Bush (43) had 35 confirmed during his first term, and has had 24 confirmed since, for a total of 59.  If the Senate does not confirm any more appellate nominees, this will make for an average of 29.5/term.

This data shows a clear, and fairly consistent, downward trend over the past thirty years.  I have more on the numbers here.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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