A WORD FROM: THE WISE
I started to think about the 100th federal judge appointed by Trump and wondered where we are in the process. So I did a little research and this is what I found:
There has been very little reporting on the appointment of federal judges during the Trump administration, but make no mistake this process is now on a fast track in the US Senate. This part of Congress is doing their work and is setting records almost every week. For those who believe in the rule of law and The Constitution, this is very good news. This past week Trump got his 100th federal judge approved.
So where do we stand with the nomination process? I decided to do a little research into this area to find out just how effective the Trump administration has been. Here are some key facts that relate to the process:
870 Total Federal Judges
137 Current Vacancies (8 circuit, 125 district, 4 Court of Int. Trade)
15 Future Vacancies (1 circuit, 14 district)
72 Pending Nominees
41 Waiting for Floor Vote
16 Out of Committee, Waiting to be reported
15 Waiting for hearing
We can do a little math to see where Trump stands with the selection of conservative judges. Trump has 100 federal judges already approved, or more than 11% of all positions. There are 137 open positions, which if filled would bring the total up to 237 judges, or more than 27%. If that happens before the 2020 elections it would be nothing short of amazing. I believe federal judges are all lifetime appointments so these numbers are fantastic. Senator Graham should be commended for taking on this issue and making it happen.
If Trump wins re-election in 2020, this process will surely continue. The public is starting to see the results of this work in the court system. The trend will continue to accelerate as more newly appointed judges take their seats. Hopefully we will see less legislating from the bench and more rulings based on case law and actual legislation passed by Congress.
This should be one of Trump’s most important messages on the campaign circuit.