The Senate may be holding a lame-duck session, but that hasn’t slowed down the Republican effort to confirm President Trump’s judicial nominees.
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the 225th federal judge nominated by President Trump, and then confirmed two more, according to a tally by C-SPAN's Craig Caplan.
The 225th confirmed judge was Kansas Solicitor General Toby Crouse, who was approved by the Senate to be a U.S. district judge.
All total, the Senate has confirmed 227 judges since Trump was inaugurated in 2017. That includes 168 district judges, 53 appeals court judges, three U.S. Supreme Court justices and three members of the U.S. Court of International Trade.
The 53 appeals court judges are the most of any president in a single term since President Carter. The 227 confirmed judges are more than any Republican president in a single term in modern history, outpacing Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Reagan and Nixon.
Since Election Day, the Senate has confirmed 13 judges.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement this week the Senate won’t slow down in confirming judicial nominees.
“While our committees are working, the full Senate is keeping busy with one of our core constitutional responsibilities: continuing to confirm well-qualified men and women to lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary,” McConnell said.
Over the last seven administrations, only one president – George W. Bush – nominated judges who had a higher average rating by the American Bar Association for judicial nominations, he said.
“It’s pretty hard to argue that these haven’t been extraordinary additions to our federal courts. This has been a tremendous accomplishment,” McConnell said. “These are judges who will serve our nation honorably for generations to come. Our colleagues here in the Senate should be rightly proud to have confirmed them. And we’re going to continue doing just that.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.