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.

 

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D.C. Circuit
Federal Circuit
District of DC

National Overview

Total Federal Judges: 870
Current Vacancies: 130 (1 Supreme Court, 13 circuit, 114 district, 2 IT)
Future Vacancies: 26
Judicial Emergencies: 66
Pending Nominees: 75 (1 Supreme Court, 10 circuit, 62 district, 2 IT)
Waiting for Floor Vote: 39 (3 circuit, 36 district)

National Overview

Total Federal Judges: 870
Current Vacancies: 130 (1 Supreme Court, 13 circuit, 114 district, 2 IT)
Future Vacancies: 26
Judicial Emergencies: 66
Pending Nominees: 75 (1 Supreme Court, 10 circuit, 62 district, 2 IT)
Waiting for Floor Vote: 39 (3 circuit, 36 district)

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 future vacancy

  • TBD

Ninth Circuit

29 judgeships

  • 24 active judges
  • 16 senior status judges

7 current vacancies

  • 12/11/2015
  • 10/11/2016
    • Bridget Bade, nominated 8/27/2018
  • 12/31/2016
  • 12/18/2017
  • 3/3/2018
    • Eric Miller, nominated 7/19/2018
  • 3/29/2018
  • 8/11/2018
    • Ryan Nelson, nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing: 7/11/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018

Tenth Circuit

12 judgeships

  • 12 active judges
  • 10 senior status judges

Eighth Circuit

11 judgeships

  • 11 active judges
  • 6 senior status judges

1 future vacancy

  • TBD
    • Jonathan Kobes nominated 6/11/2018
      • Hearing: 8/22/2018

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
    • Eric Murphy nominated 6/18/2018
  • TBD
    • Chad Readler nominated 6/18/2018

Fourth Circuit

15 judgeships

  • 15 active judges
  • 2 senior status judges

1 future vacancy

  • TBD
    • Allison Rushing nominated 8/27/2018

Third Circuit

14 judgeships

  • 12 active judges
  • 11 senior status judges

2 current vacancies

  • 7/18/2016
    • Paul Matey nominated 4/12/2018
  • 2/1/2017
    • David Porter nominated 4/12/2018
      • Hearing: 6/6/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 7/19/2018

Second Circuit

13 judgeships

  • 11 active judges
  • 12 senior status judges

3 current vacancies

  • 8/1/2016
    • Richard Sullivan nominated 5/7/2018
      • Hearing: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018
  • 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
    • Carl Nichols nominated 6/18/2018
      • Hearing: 8/22/2018

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

3 current vacancies

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

1 future vacancy

  • 10/31/2018

Eastern District of Washington

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Western District of Washington

7 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 1/27/2016
    • Intent to nominate Tessa Gorman announced 7/13/2018
  • 2/6/2016
    • Intent to nominate Kathleen O’Sullivan announced 7/13/2018
  • 6/28/2016

District of Oregon

6 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 7/27/2017
    • Karin Immergut nominated 6/11/2018

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

  • 11 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 7/5/2016
    • Susan Brnovich, nominated 1/24/2018
      • Hearing: 5/9/2018
      • Reported out of Commitee: 6/7/2018
  • 4/6/2018
  • 7/31/2018

District of Alaska

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 12/31/2015
    • Jonathan Katchen, nominated 4/12/2018

District of Wyoming

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Utah

5 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 9/1/2014
    • Howard Nielson Jr., nominated 9/28/2017
      • Hearing Date: 1/10/2018
      • Reported by Committee: 2/8/2018

District of Colorado

7 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 4/12/2016
    • Daniel Domenico, nominated 1/8/2018
      • Hearing Date: 1/24/2018
      • Reported by Committee: 2/15/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 3/3/2019

District of New Mexico

7 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 2/7/2018
  • 7/25/2018

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
    • John O’Connor nominated 4/12/2018

Northern District of Oklahoma

  • 4 judgeships
    • 4 active judges

Western District of Oklahoma

6 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 7/7/2013
    • Patrick Wyrick, nominated 4/10/2018
      • Hearing: 5/23/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/14/2018

District of North Dakota

2 judgeships

  • 1 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 9/28/2017

District of South Dakota

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

District of Nebraska

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

1 future 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
    • Stephen Clark nominated 4/12/2018
      • Hearing: 7/11/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018

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

  • 4 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 3/10/2015
  • 5/15/2015
    • J. Campbell Barker, nominated 1/23/2018
      • Hearing: 5/9/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/7/2018 (11-10)
  • 1/7/2016
    • Jeremy Kernodle, nominated 1/23/2018
      • Hearing: 5/9/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/7/2018 (14-7)
  • 2/28/2018
    • Michael Truncale, nominated 1/24/2018
      • Hearing: 4/25/3018
      • Reported out of Committee: 5/24/2018 (11-10)

Northern District of Texas

12 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 7/3/2013
  • 12/31/2014
  • 2/3/2016
    • Matthew Kacsmaryk, nominated 1/8/2018 for seat vacated 2/3/2016
      • Hearing Date: 12/13/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018 (11-10)

2 future vacancies

  • 9/22/2018
  • 10/9/2018

Southern District of Texas

19 judgeships

  • 16 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 6/1/2011
    • David Morales, nominated 4/12/2018
      • Hearing: 6/6/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/28/2018 (11-10)
  • 3/31/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 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
    • Wendy Vitter, nominated 1/23/2018
      • Hearing Date: 4/11/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 5/24/2018 (11-10)
  • 5/15/2018

Middle District of Louisiana

3 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

Western District of Louisiana

7 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

3 current vacancies

  • 3/6/2015
    • Michael Juneau, nominated 1/8/2018 for seat vacated 3/6/2015
      • Hearing Date: 10/4/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018
  • 7/31/2017
    • James Cain nominated 8/28/2018
  • 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
    • Gordon Giampietro nominated 12/20/2017

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
    • Steven Seeger nominated 6/18/2018
  • 3/1/2017
    • Martha Pacold nominated 6/11/2018
  • 2/17/2018
  • 5/14/2018
    • Mary Rowland nominated 6/18/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 5/10/2019

Southern District of Illinois

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

Northern District of Indiana

5 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 1/11/2016
    • Damon Leichty nominated 7/17/2018
  • 9/29/2017
    • Holly Brady, nominated 4/10/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/6/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/28/2018 (11-10)

Southern District of Indiana

5 judgeships

  • 3 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 6/30/2014
    • James Sweeney, nominated 11/1/2017
      • Hearing Date: 1/10/2018
      • Reported by Committee: 2/8/2018 (Voice Voted)
  • 7/1/2018
    • J.P. Hanlon, nominated 4/10/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/6/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/28/2018 (Voice Voted)

Northern District of Ohio

11 judgeships

  • 10 active judges

1 current vacancy

Southern District of Ohio

8 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 5/2/2016
  • 6/30/2017

1 future vacancy

  • 5/31/2018

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 future 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

  • 4 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 3/18/2017
    • Mark Norris Sr., nominated 1/8/2018
      • Hearing Date: 11/1/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018 (11-10)

Middle District of Alabama

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancies

  • 8/1/2015
    • Andrew Brasher, nominated 4/10/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/6/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/28/2018 (11-10)

Northern District of Alabama

8 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 8/31/2013
    • Liles Burke, nominated 7/19/2017
      • Hearing Date: 10/4/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018 (11-10)
  • 6/22/2018
    • Corey Maze, nominated 5/15/2018

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 vacancy

  • 3/31/2017
    • William Ray II nominated 1/8/2018
      • Hearing Date: 9/20/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018 (11-10)
  • 7/1/2018
    • J.P. Boulee nominated 8/28/2018

Southern District of Georgia

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 2/28/2017
    • R. Stan Baker, nominated 9/7/2017
      • Hearing Date: 12/13/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018 (Voice Voted)

Middle District of Florida

15 judgeships

  • 13 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 6/3/2015
    • Wendy Berger, nominated 4/10/2018
  • 8/29/2017
    • Thomas Barber, nominated 5/7/2018

1 future vacancy

  • To be vacated: 12/14/2018

Northern District of Florida

4 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

2 current vacancies

  • 12/31/2015
    • T. Kent Wetherell, nominated 5/7/2018
  • 11/7/2016
    • Allen Winsor, nominated 4/10/2018
      • Hearing Date: 5/23/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/14/2018 (11-10)

Southern District of Florida

18 judgeships

  • 13 active judges

5 current vacancies

  • 5/12/2014
    • Rodney Smith, nominated 5/7/2018
  • 8/5/2016
  • 1/31/2017
    • Rodolfo Ruiz, nominated 5/7/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/20/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 7/19/2018 (Voice Voted)
  • 7/1/2017
    • Roy Altman, nominated 5/7/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/20/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 7/19/2018 (17-4)
  • 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
    • Thomas Farr, nominated 1/8/2018
      • Hearing Date: 9/20/2017
      • Reported by Committee: 1/18/2018 (11-10)

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
    • Kenneth Bell nominated 4/12/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/22/2018

Eastern District of Virginia

11 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

2 current vacancy

  • 9/30/2017
    • Rossie Alston nominated 6/18/2018
  • 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

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 8/12/2017
    • Thomas Kleeh nominated 2/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 4/25/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 5/24/2018 (14-7)

Southern District of West Virginia

5 judgeships

  • 5 active judges

District of Maryland

10 judgeships

  • 9 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 2/1/2016
    • Stephanie Gallagher nominated 6/11/2018

District of Delaware

4 judgeships

  • 4 active judges

District of New Jersey

17 judgeships

  • 13 active judges

4 current vacancies

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

1 future vacancy

  • 11/2/2018

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

22 judgeships

  • 18 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 11/18/2013
    • John Younge nominated 7/17/2018
  • 1/11/2016
    • Chad Kenney nominated 12/20/2017
      • Hearing Date: 5/9/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/7/2018 (Voice Voted)
  • 4/3/2017
    • Joshua Wolson nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 7/11/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (18-3)
  • 9/28/2017
  • 7/17/2018

1 future vacancy

  • 10/9/2018

Middle District of Pennsylvania

6 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

1 future vacancy

  • 10/11/2018

Western District of Pennsylvania

10 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 9/30/2013
    • Peter Phipps, nominated 2/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 4/25/2018
  • 6/3/2016
    • Nicholas Ranjan nominated 7/24/2018
  • 11/24/2017
  • 1/1/2018

2 future vacancies

  • 12/6/2018
  • 6/13/2019

Eastern District of New York

15 judgeships

  • 11 active judges

4 current vacancies

  • 1/21/2015
    • Gary Brown nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (20-1)
  • 3/9/2016
    • Diane Gujarati nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (21-0)
  • 11/30/2016
    • Rachel Kovner nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (21-0)
  • 2/28/2017
    • Eric Komitee nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (21-0)

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
    • Lewis Liman nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (17-4)
  • 3/1/2017
    • Mary Vyskocil nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (21-0)
  • 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
    • John Sinatra nominated 5/15/2018
      • Hearing Date: 8/1/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 9/13/2018 (16-5)

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
    • Mary McElroy, nominated 4/12/2018

District of Maine

3 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 6/27/2017
    • Lance Walker, nominated 4/10/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/6/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 6/28/2018 (Voice Voted)

District of Puerto Rico

7 judgeships

  • 6 active judges

1 current vacancy

  • 6/1/2016
    • Raul Arias-Marxuach, nominated 4/12/2018
      • Hearing Date: 6/20/2018
      • Reported out of Committee: 7/19/2018 (Voice Voted)

District of Virgin Islands

2 judgeships

  • 2 active judges

 

Pending Nominees

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