Judicial Nominations Finally Moving Forward

After months of partisan bickering Senate leaders finally reached an agreement to break the logjam over federal judicial nominees.

The result means that 12 federal district court judge picks and two circuit court nominees will get confirmation votes before the summer. The agreement came just hours before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had planned to being a series of procedural votes that would have forced confirmation votes through the Senate floor, even if it would take weeks to accomplish.

The agreement requires the Senate act on two judicial nominees per week before May 7.

It’s a good start, but will not go far enough to address the crisis facing the federal judiciary as a result of judicial vacancies.

There are a total of 22 judicial nominees awaiting action on the Senate floor. That means that eight of the judges, including five district nominees and three appellate nominees still won’t get a vote.

Those judges who will get confirmation votes are Stephanie Thacker in the 4th Circuit and Jacqueline Nguyen in the 9th Circuit. The 12 district court judges include Gina Marie Groh of the Northern District of West Virginia; David Nuffer of Utah; Michael Walter Fitzgerald of the Central District of California; Ronnie Abrams of the Southern District of New York; Rudolph Contreras of the District of Columbia; Miranda Du of Nevada; Susie Morgan of the Eastern District of Louisiana; Gregg Costa of the Southern District of Texas; David Guaderrama of the Western District of Texas; Brian Wimes of the Western District of Missouri; Kristine Baker of the Eastern District of Arkansas; and John Lee of the Northern District of Illinois.

The circuit judicial nominees who did not make the deal include Andrew Hurwitz of the 9th Circuit; Paul Watford, also of the 9th Circuit; and Patty Shwartz of the 3rd Circuit. The district court nominees who didn’t make the list included John Tharp of the Northern District of Illinois; George Russell III of Maryland; Mary Lewis of South Carolina; Jeffrey Helmick from the Northern District of Ohio; and Timothy Hillman of Massachusetts.

Photo from dctim1 via flickr.


Craig Gosling
Craig Gosling5 years ago

Finally! The republican party is so f d up. They are committing political suicide by accommodating their radicals.

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

The flat earth party doesn't know how to govern properly because they are stuck in medieval times. Until we get rid of the tea party Republicans and the ultra conservatives who get their marching orders from Limbaugh, and appear regularly on the Fox liar channel, and elect moderate, and progressive people we will remain stuck in reverse or neutral.

Nancy R.
Nancy R5 years ago

I read the first, pivotal paragraph over three times and it still doesn't make sense. Was a phrase deleted by mistake?
I enjoy reading Care2 articles, but they are too often not properly proofread. I hope this will change. Though it's a screen instead of a printed page, I still want to be able to rely on what I'm reading.

Daniel Aldouby
Danield A5 years ago

This is just the beginning folks. As the election approaches, we need more pressure on the Do Nothings, so that we can finally move ahead. There is a flood of things which have to be done and the dam GOP has blocked the waters. We need jobs. We need tax restructuring. We need regulation. We have to allow some form of automatic recusal for SCOTUS, so as to assure that there is no hint of impropriety. We need term limits for Congress. We need some way for the voters, nationally, to petition and force a Congregssional election when Congress is immobile. We need a privacy amendment to the Constitution, which assures women that men will not try to control their health, nor their bodies. This is just a short list. I am sure that there are many other items that folks would love to add, however nothing gets done overnight.

Marianne C.
Marianne C5 years ago

The Teapublicans have been dragging their feet on this, too, in the attempt to make the Obama administration look like it was "failing."

I just wish Harry Reid had pulled his forced confirmation plan out of the hat two years ago.

Myron Scott
Myron Scott5 years ago

Still partisan crap. The three Appeals Court nominees who were excluded are as good or better than the others. Still, it resembles long overdue progress.

Joyce M.
Joyce Morris5 years ago

The most lasting legacy any president has is his judicial appointments. God forbid that the Stone Age party (guess which that is!) gets to appoint more judges anytime soon. One has only to look at the Neanderthal section of the Supreme Court to understand why.

Vicky Locke
Vicky Locke5 years ago

Well, it's a start.

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

crack that whip and stop playing games now

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago