On Monday, May 5, the Senate confirmed Nancy Moritz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by a vote of 90-3. Moritz was the 18th woman confirmed to the circuit courts under President Obama, surpassing President Bush’s total of only 17 women confirmed to the circuit courts. The White House created a new infographic to highlight the diversity among President Obama’s judicial nominees.
On Thursday, May 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out four Florida district court nominees by voice vote. If confirmed, all four would fill judicial emergencies. The nominees were:
Carlos Eduardo Mendoza, the Middle District of Florida,
Darrin P. Gayles, Southern District of Florida,
Paul G. Byron, Middle District of Florida, and
Beth Bloom, Southern District of Florida.
Also on Thursday, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on four nominees: Senate Cloture Votes:
Indira Talwani, District of Massachusetts, by a vote of 55-41,
James D. Peterson, Western District of Wisconsin, by a vote of 56-40,
Nancy J. Rosenstengel, Southern District of Illinois, by a vote of 54-42, and
Robin S. Rosenbaum, Eleventh Circuit (Georgia), by a vote of 58-36.