Senate Votes to Confirm D.C. Circuit Nominee

May 23, 2013
Senate Votes to Confirm D.C. Circuit Nominee
Amanda Simon
Washington, D.C. –The Senate voted today to confirm Sri Srinivasan to fill one of the four seats vacant on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Srinivasan currently works in the Department of Justice’s Office of the Solicitor General and will be the first South Asian American federal appellate court judge in U.S. history.
The seat that Srinivasan will fill on the D.C. Circuit, left by Judge Arthur Randolph, has been vacant for nearly 2,800 days. Srinivasan was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee seven days ago, making his time pending on the Senate floor remarkably short for a judicial nominee from President Obama.
American Constitution Society President Caroline Fredrickson on the vote:
“We welcome today’s vote as Sri will fill a long overdue vacancy on one of our country’s most important courts. Today’s action also makes it clear that the Senate is quite capable of quick turnarounds for judicial nominees waiting for a vote. Sri’s short wait on the floor should be the standard, not the exception, for all nominees. We look forward to the White House’s future nominations to the D.C. Circuit and hope the Senate will act swiftly to give them an up or down vote.”
Today there are only seven active judges on the 11-member D.C. Circuit Court and the court’s caseload remains strikingly heavy. Add to that the complex nature of the litigation and D.C. Circuit judges are crippled by their caseloads. President Obama is the first president in nearly 100 years who has not had a D.C. Circuit Court nominee confirmed during his first full term. President George W. Bush, however, had three judges confirmed during his two terms.
For more on the D.C. Circuit vacancy crisis, read former D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Patricia Wald’s op-ed in the Washington Post.

To speak with Fredrickson, contact Amanda Simon or Jeremy Leaming at or (202) 393-6187. To learn more about the judicial vacancy crisis, visit

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