Judicial Nominations

Every day, federal courts decide cases critical to our rights — from the environment to voting to immigration. Those who are appointed to serve on the bench must be qualified, fair, and impartial. View the latest regarding Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on judicial nominations

 

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D.C. Circuit
Federal Circuit
District of DC

National Overview

Total Federal Judges: 870
Current Vacancies: 135 (12 circuit, 121 district, 2 Court of International Trade)
Future Vacancies: 19 (3 circuit, 16 district)
Pending Nominees: 0
Waiting for Floor Vote: 0
Waiting to be Reported out of Committee: 0
Waiting for Hearing: 0

National Overview

Total Federal Judges: 870
Current Vacancies: 135 (12 circuit, 121 district, 2 Court of International Trade)
Future Vacancies: 19 (3 circuit, 16 district)
Pending Nominees: 0
Waiting for Floor Vote: 0
Waiting to be Reported out of Committee: 0
Waiting for Hearing: 0

Federal Circuit

12 judgeships

  • 12 active judges
  • 6 senior status judges

0 vacancies

D.C. Circuit

11 judgeships

  • 11 active judges
  • 7 senior status judges

1 current vacancy

  • 10/6/2018
    • Neomi Rao nominated 11/14/2018

Ninth Circuit

29 judgeships

  • 23 active judges
  • 16 senior status judges

6 current vacancies

  • 12/11/2015
  • 10/11/2016
  • 12/31/2016
  • 12/18/2017
  • 3/3/2018
  • 3/29/2018

Tenth Circuit

12 judgeships

  • 12 active judges
  • 10 senior status judges

Eighth Circuit

11 judgeships

  • 11 active judges
  • 7 senior status judges

Fifth Circuit

17 judgeships

  • 16 active judges
  • 10 senior status judges

1 current vacancies

  • 10/3/2017

Eleventh Circuit

12 judgeships

  • 12 active judges
  • 8 senior status judges

Seventh Circuit

11 judgeships

  • 11 active judges
  • 3 senior status judges

Sixth Circuit

16 judgeships

  • 16 active judges
  • 12 senior status judges

2 future vacancies

  • TBD
  • TBD

Fourth Circuit

15 judgeships

  • 15 active judges
  • 2 senior status judges

1 future vacancy

  • TBD

Third Circuit

14 judgeships

  • 12 active judges
  • 11 senior status judges

2 current vacancies

  • 7/18/2016
  • 11/30/2018

Second Circuit

13 judgeships

  • 11 active judges
  • 12 senior status judges

2 current vacancies

  • 9/5/2016
  • 8/31/2018

First Circuit

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges
  • 5 senior status judges

District of Columbia

15 judgeships

  • 14 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 3/16/2016

Central District of California

28 judgeships

  • 21 active judges

7 current vacancies

  •  8/1/2014
  • 10/29/2015
  • 1/28/2016
  • 11/23/2016
  • 1/6/2017
  • 10/7/2017
  • 11/4/2018

Eastern District of California

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

Northern District of California

14 judgeships

  • 14 active judges

Southern District of California

13 judgeships

  • 10 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 9/30/2016
  • 12/31/2017
  • 2/6/2018
  • 10/31/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 1/23/2019

Eastern District of Washington

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Western District of Washington

7 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 1/27/2016
  • 2/6/2016
  • 6/28/2016

District of Oregon

6 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 7/27/2017

District of Nevada

7 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 2/1/2016
  • 6/29/2018

District of Idaho

2 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

District of Montana

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Arizona

13 judgeships

  • 12 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 4/6/2018
  • 7/31/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 3/4/2019

District of Alaska

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 12/31/2015

District of Wyoming

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Utah

5 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 9/1/2014

District of Colorado

7 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 4/12/2016

1 future vacancy

  • 3/3/2019

District of New Mexico

7 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 2/7/2018
  • 7/25/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 7/1/2019

District of Kansas

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

Eastern District of Oklahoma

1 judgeship

  • 1 active judge

Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma

1 shared judgeship

  • 0 actives judges

1 current vacancy

  • 8/1/2017

Northern District of Oklahoma

  • 4 judgeships
    • 4 active judges

Western District of Oklahoma

6 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 7/7/2013
  • 11/5/2018

District of North Dakota

2 judgeships

  • 1 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 9/28/2017

1 future vacancy

  • 11/10/2019

District of South Dakota

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Nebraska

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 12/1/2018

District of Minnesota

7 judgeships

  • 7 active judges

Northern District of Iowa

2 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

Southern District of Iowa

3 total judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Eastern District of Missouri

9 judgeships

  • 8 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 8/31/2017

Western District of Missouri

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

Eastern District of Arkansas

5 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 3/31/2018

Western District of Arkansas

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Eastern District of Texas

8 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 3/10/2015
  • 5/15/2015
  • 2/28/2018

Northern District of Texas

12 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

5 current vacancies

  • 7/3/2013
  • 12/31/2014
  • 2/3/2016
  • 9/22/2018
  • 10/9/2018

Southern District of Texas

19 judgeships

  • 16 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 6/1/2011
  • 3/31/2018
  • 12/9/2018

Western District of Texas

13 judgeships

  • 12 active judges

1 current vacancies

  • 12/31/2017

Eastern District of Louisiana

12 judgeships

  • 10 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 8/23/2016
  • 5/15/2018

Middle District of Louisiana

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Western District of Louisiana

7 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 7/31/2017
  • 11/30/2017

Northern District of Mississippi

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Southern District of Mississippi

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 3/23/2018

District of Hawaii

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Eastern District of Michigan

15 judgeships

  • 14 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 10/26/2016

Western District of Michigan

4 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 1/31/2017

Eastern District of Wisconsin

5 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 2/5/2016

Western District of Wisconsin

2 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

Central District of Illinois

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Northern District of Illinois

22 judgeships

  • 18 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 10/21/2016
  • 3/1/2017
  • 2/17/2018
  • 5/14/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 5/10/2019

Southern District of Illinois

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 1/7/2019

1 future vacancy

  • 3/31/2019

Northern District of Indiana

5 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 1/11/2016
  • 9/29/2017

Southern District of Indiana

5 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancies

  • 6/30/2014

Northern District of Ohio

11 judgeships

  • 10 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 1/1/2017

1 future vacancy

  • 6/30/2019

Southern District of Ohio

8 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 5/2/2016
  • 6/30/2017
  • 5/31/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 2/15/2019

Eastern and Western District of Kentucky

1 shared judgeship

  • 1 active judge

Eastern District of Kentucky

5 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

Western District of Kentucky

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 6/9/2018

Eastern District of Tennessee

5 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

Middle District of Tennessee

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Western District of Tennessee

5 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

Middle District of Alabama

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancies

  • 8/1/2015

Northern District of Alabama

8 judgeships

  • 7 active judges

1 current vacancies

  • 6/22/2018

Southern District of Alabama

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Middle District of Georgia

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Northern District of Georgia

11 judgeships

  • 10 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 7/1/2018
  • 12/1/2018

Southern District of Georgia

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 2/28/2017

Middle District of Florida

15 judgeships

  • 13 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 6/3/2015
  • 8/29/2017
  • 12/14/2018

Northern District of Florida

4 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 12/31/2015
  • 11/7/2016

Southern District of Florida

18 judgeships

  • 13 active judges

5 current vacancies

  • 5/12/2014
  • 8/5/2016
  • 1/31/2017
  • 7/1/2017
  • 8/1/2017

District of South Carolina

10 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 8/16/2018

Eastern District of North Carolina

4 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 12/31/2005

Middle District of North Carolina

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges
  • 0 vacancies

Western District of North Carolina

5 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 8/31/2017

Eastern District of Virginia

11 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

2 current vacancy

  • 9/30/2017
  • 6/1/2018

Western District of Virginia

4 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 12/11/2017

Northern District of West Virginia

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Southern District of West Virginia

5 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

District of Maryland

10 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 2/1/2016

District of Delaware

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

District of New Jersey

17 judgeships

  • 12 active judges

5 current vacancies

  • 2/10/2015
  • 3/6/2015
  • 5/31/2017
  • 6/14/2018
  • 11/2/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 5/16/2019

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

22 judgeships

  • 19 active judges

5 current vacancies

  • 11/18/2013
  • 4/3/2017
  • 9/28/2017
  • 7/17/2018
  • 10/9/2018

Middle District of Pennsylvania

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 10/11/2018

Western District of Pennsylvania

10 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 6/3/2016
  • 11/24/2017
  • 1/1/2018
  • 12/6/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 6/13/2019

Eastern District of New York

15 judgeships

  • 11 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 1/21/2015
  • 3/9/2016
  • 11/30/2016
  • 2/28/2017

1 future vacancy

  • TBD

Northern District of New York

5 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 1/1/2016

Southern District of New York

28 judgeships

  • 19 active judges

5 current vacancies

  • 8/1/2015
  • 3/1/2017
  • 8/5/2017
  • 3/1/2018
  • 9/11/2018

1 future vacancy

  • TBD

Western District of New York

4 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 3/8/2015

District of Connecticut

8 judgeships

  • 7 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 8/31/2018

District of Massachusetts

13 judgeships

  • 11 active judges

2 vacancies

  • 6/1/2015
  • 1/1/2018

District of Vermont

2 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

District of New Hampshire

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Rhode Island

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 10/1/2015

District of Maine

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Puerto Rico

7 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 6/1/2016
  • 9/30/2018

District of Virgin Islands

2 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

 

Pending Nominees

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