Judicial nominations as we enter the tail end of the lame duck

As of today, President Trump has successfully appointed 84 Article III Judges, 2 to the Supreme Court, 29 to the Courts of Appeal, 53 to the District Courts and 0 to the Trade Court.

71 nominees are pending, 0 to the Supreme Court, 13 to the Courts of Appeal, 56 to the District Courts and 2 to the Trade Court.

However, due to Senator Flake’s intransigence, only those nominees who have already cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee have any chance at all of confirmation in this Congress.

Only 1 Court of Appeal nominee, Jonathan A. Kobes for the Eighth Circuit is on the Senate floor and he is expected to be confirmed later this week.

31 District Court nominees are on the floor and 0 Trade Court nominees are on the floor. However, since Farr’s nomination is effectively dead, that number is 30.

The Senate will confirm, at best, only a fraction of that number due to the extremely short amount of time left. At best the Senate may confirm 5 or 6 of those 30.

All other nominees will be returned to the President at the end of the current Congress and must be renominated and start the process all over again from the beginning.

If he is lucky, Trump may end this Congress with 92 successful Article III Judicial appointments.