125th Trump Judge Gets Confirmed: ‘They’ve Been Excellent’ for Religious Liberty
With little fanfare, the U.S. Senate in June confirmed the 125th federal court nominee of President Trump, continuing a brisk pace that is dramatically reshaping the judiciary into a more conservative bent.
That number grew to 127 this week when the Senate approved Daniel Bress to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The federal judiciary is comprised of three levels: the district court, the court of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Although Trump’s confirmation pace for all judges is similar to previous presidents for their first two years, he is far ahead of recent presidents for appeals court confirmations — or as one analyst put it, “big league” confirmations, according to an analysis by The Hill.
Trump saw 30 appeals court justices confirmed in his first two years, a timeframe that ended in January. That pace was ahead of that of George H.W. Bush (22), Reagan (19), Clinton (19), George W. Bush (17), Obama (16) and Carter (12).
Bress was the 42nd appeals court confirmation.
“To use a baseball analogy, you can’t just look at how many players did a team sign, right? There’s such a big difference between signing a player to the big leagues and signing someone to a Single-A contract,” Mark Carl Rom, a Georgetown University government and public policy professor, told Roll Call.
“The big leagues in the judicial system means the Supreme Court and the appellate courts. There’s no
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