Obama filled 38 per cent of the federal bench with a record 329 judges
President Barack Obama with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
President Donald J. Trump has had 84 of his judicial nominations approved.
The record is 329 under President Barack Obama. That amounts to 38 per cent of the federal judiciary.
A total of 49 have been nominated by Trump and are awaiting confirmation next week, according to Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He Chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Total judges on the floor now 49,” said Grassley. “Lots of work to do. Senate should stay in session till all 49 judges are confirmed. Work comes before campaigning.”
President Trump is on pace to be able to fill 15 per cent of the federal court with his nominees.
There are 132 remaining federal judgeships out of 870.
The Senate confirmed 15 more yesterday.
Confirmed yesterday were:
Chad F. Kenney (PA), District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Liles Clifton Burke (AL), District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama
Michael Joseph Juneau (LA), District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr. (TN), District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
William M. Ray II (GA), District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
Eli Jeremy Richardson (TN), District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee
Jeremy D. Kernodle (TX), District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
Susan Brnovich (AZ), District Judge for the District of Arizona
Thomas S. Kleeh (WV), Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia
Peter J. Phipps (PA), District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Lance E. Walker (ME), District Judge for the District of Maine
James Patrick Hanlon (IN), District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana
David James Porter (PA), Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit
Richard J. Sullivan (NY), Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit
Ryan Douglas Nelson (ID), Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit