President Trump’s 150th judicial nominee was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, Sept. 11, which helped to deliver campaign promises from the president to reshape the federal bench with a conservative bent. Six district court nominees who were confirmed Wednesday, included two nominees from Barack Obama that waited for fours years.
“This is a historic milestone,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said after the final vote.
“These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,” the South Carolina Republican said.
With these six district court nominees confirmed on Wednesday, 105 district court selections are attributed to President Trump. President Trump has also appointed 43 circuit court nominees and Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court since he took office.
President Obama in the same period of time, had only 20 circuit court nominees and 74 district court judges confirmed, the pace by President Trump has far outdone the former president.
Within less than three years, President Trump had two Supreme Court appointments. Obama also had two Supreme Court appointments during his eight years.
“As of today’s confirmation votes, Trump and McConnell have confirmed 150 judges to the federal bench—a group that can overwhelmingly be described as narrow-minded and elitist, favoring corporations and the powerful over the interests of all Americans,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president of the People for the American Way, according to the Washington Times.
Liberal advocacy groups worry that Trump’s 150th judicial confirmation is alarming, asserting the need to make judicial nominees and the courts a 2020 campaign issue, the Washington Times reported.
As the president has been fulfilling his campaign promise to fill the federal courts with young conservatives, Democrats in many cases have objected to the president nominees, claiming that they are too conservative or unsuited to lifetime appointments.
“There are 19 Trump selections awaiting votes, but McConnell also is waiting for the Judiciary Committee to advance more nominees. The committee on Wednesday considered three more district court nominees and White House lawyer and former Kirkland & Ellis partner Steven Menashi to serve on the New York-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Votes to report the nominees are expected later this month,” according to Bloomberg Law.