New Judges ‘Making An Important Difference For The Country’

The Senate Has Now Confirmed More Nominees To The 9th Circuit Than Any Other Appellate Court, ‘Altering The Historically Liberal Bench’

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “All week, the Senate has continued our productivity in overcoming partisan opposition and confirming the president’s well-qualified nominees for important offices. We’ve confirmed the newest judge on the Ninth Circuit. And yesterday we confirmed three district judges by overwhelming bipartisan margins: 78 to 15… 80 to 14… and 85 to 10.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 7/11/2019)

  • SEN. McCONNELL: “The kind of people we’ve been nominating believe in the simple, quaint notion that maybe the judges ought to follow the law…. [W]e are making an important difference for the country that will last for a very long time and my motto for this Congress is: ‘leave no vacancy behind.’” (Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” 6/14/2019)

The Senate Has Confirmed 127 Judges Nominated By President Trump Since 2017


Judges Confirmed

Supreme Court


Circuit courts


District courts


Grand Total


“Trump’s judicial confirmation streak is a high point of his term so far for him and Republicans. He’s made good on a campaign promise to stock the judiciary with younger conservatives …” (“9th Cir. Close to Having More Trump Judges Than Any Other,” Bloomberg Law, 7/08/2019)

‘The Historically Liberal’ 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Now Has ‘More Judges Appointed By President Donald Trump Than Any Other Federal Circuit’

“The Senate on Tuesday confirmed another of President Trump’s nominees to the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, increasing the number of Republican-appointed judges on what is widely considered the country’s most liberal appellate court…. [Daniel] Bress’s confirmation gives Trump his seventh judge on the 9th Circuit, altering the historically liberal bench, which now has 16 judges nominated by Democratic presidents and 12 by Republicans. The court still has one vacancy.” (“Senate Confirms Trump Judicial Nominee To California-Based 9th Circuit,” The Washington Post, 7/09/2019)

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: “I’m very supportive of the nominees submitted by President Trump to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals…. These nominations continue a trend by the Trump Administration of selecting highly qualified men and women to serve on the federal bench.” (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Press Release, 1/31/2019)

  • SEN. GRAHAM: “I am very pleased that the United States Senate has confirmed Daniel Bress to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I appreciate my colleagues’ support for Mr. Bress and I appreciate President Trump’s nomination of this fine man. Mr. Bress is one of the most gifted lawyers to appear before the Committee and he will bring a much needed conservative perspective to the Ninth Circuit.” (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Press Release, 7/09/2019)


‘Nearly A Quarter Of The Circuit Court System’ Has Been Nominated By President Trump And Confirmed By The Republican Senate

Court of Appeals Authorized Judgeships: 179

Circuit Court of Appeals judges confirmed by 115th – 116th Congresses: 42

Percentage of all authorized appeals court judgeships nominated by President Trump and confirmed: 23.5%

 (“Judicial Vacancies,” United States Courts Website, Accessed 7/10/2019; Congress.gov, Accessed 7/10/2019)

“The Senate confirmed its 40th circuit court judge [in May], filling nearly a quarter of the circuit court system with conservative appointments under President Trump.” (The New York Times, 5/15/2019)



Related Issues: Nominations, Judicial Nominations