The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Daniel Bress, President Trump’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, giving President Trump his seventh judge on the court.
Daniel Bress received a 53-45 vote along party lines to be confirmed as a judge to the San Francisco-based appeals court.
The confirmation will increase Republican-appointed judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which now has 12 judges nominated by the Republican president and 16 by Democrats. The court has one vacancy remaining.
The California-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals largely is considered the most liberal court in the United States.
The president has repeatedly criticized the 9th Circuit for ruling against his travel bans and blocking other executive orders. Last week, the court rejected his administration’s appeal to use Pentagon funds for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, according to The Washington Post.
Bress, a Harvard graduate, used to work for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and had time working in California before, now is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington.
Before the vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised Bress, saying:, “Mr. Bress comes with strong credentials: the academic pedigree, the legal experience, and, most importantly, a demonstrated commitment to the rule of law.”
Both California senators, Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Kamala Harris were against Bress confirmation, citing Bress career mostly in Washington.
“I’m very disappointed that Republican leadership decided to schedule a vote on Mr. Bress’s nomination given both of our objections to his nomination and our concerns about a lack of connection to our state,” Feinstein said ahead of Tuesday’s vote to confirm Bress.
“This is something we have never experienced before, and that is bringing a judge from one coast to put him in the 9th Circuit on the other coast,” Feinstein said.