Yesterday the White House announced ten judicial nominees, the first strike in the Trump administration’s efforts to reshape the composition of the lower federal courts. These announcements follow on the heels of last month’s confirmation and appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, widely seen as a victory for conservatives.
These picks, too, have been panned on the right as excellent choices to reclaim the lower federal-court system after eight years that allowed President Barack Obama to make over 300 such appointments.
As one might expect, Democrats are less pleased with yesterday’s announcement. “It seems that the President is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups rather than consulting with Senators on a bipartisan basis,” said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer in a statement.
According to President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer, the ten nominees were “chosen for their deep knowledge of the law and their commitment to upholding constitutional principles.” Here’s a list of the nominees:
‐ Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago
‐ John Bush, a Louisville lawyer nominated to the 6th Circuit
‐ Dabney L. Friedrich, nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
‐ Justice Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court, nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati
‐ Judge Terry Moorer, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
‐ Kevin C. Newsom, a former Alabama Solicitor General nominated to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta
‐ Judge David C. Nye, nominated to the U.S. District Court for Idaho
‐ Scott L. Palk, a former federal prosecutor nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
‐ Damien Schiff, nominated to federal claims court
‐ Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, nominated to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis
Justices Larsen and Stras were both included in Trump’s list of 21 individuals under consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.