This week we saw a strong ending to the 113th Congress with the confirmation of all twelve district court nominees who were on the Senate floor. On Tuesday, December 16, the Senate confirmed all nominees by voice vote, with the exception of one who was confirmed by a roll call vote (noted below):
- Haywood Gilliam, Northern District of California;
- Amit Priyavadan Mehta, District of D.C.;
- Jorge Alonso, Northern District of Illinois;
- John Blakey, Northern District of Illinois;
- Allison Burroughs, District of Massachusetts;
- Stephen Bough, Western District of Missouri, 51-38;
- Joan Azrack, Eastern District of New York;
- Loretta Biggs, Middle District of North Carolina;
- Robert Pitman, Western District of Texas;
- Amos Mazzant, Eastern District of Texas;
- Robert Schroeder, Eastern District of Texas; and
- Elizabeth Dillion, Western District of Virginia.
These votes bring 2014 to a close with an impressive total of 89 judicial confirmations. The 113th Congress concludes with only 42 current judicial vacancies and 25 future vacancies. When President Obama took office in 2009 there were 55 current judicial vacancies, and this week's votes finally brought the current number of vacancies below where the President began. In President Obama’s six years, there have been 307 confirmations, adding significant diversity to the federal bench.
When the Senate returns in January there will be 43 current vacancies and 24 future vacancies. Of the 43 current vacancies, 12 are now considered judicial emergencies. All pending nominations were returned to the President at the end of the Senate session, and President Obama will need to re-nominate them at the beginning of the 114th Congress.
 A Western District of New York future vacancy will become current on 1/3/2015.