Through July 1, 2019, President Donald Trump (R) made two Supreme Court appointments, 41 appeals court appointments, and 80 district court appointments. His 123 appointments at this point in his presidency is the third-most of the last 20 presidents dating back to Theodore Roosevelt. Only Bill Clinton (154) and George W. Bush (132) had appointed more judges by this point in their presidencies.
Trump’s 41 appeals court appointments are the most of the last 20 presidents at this point in their presidencies. Richard Nixon (29) and George W. Bush (26) had made the next-most appeals court appointments. The average of the last 20 presidents was 16 appointments.
Trump’s 80 district court appointments are fifth-most among the last 20 presidents. Bill Clinton (128), George W. Bush (105), John Kennedy (96), and Richard Nixon (85) had more at this point of their presidencies. The average across this set of presidents was 55 appointments.
Article III judges are appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in accordance with Article III of the United States Constitution.
Article III judges include:
- Supreme Court of the United States: 9 justices,
- United States court of appeals: 179 judgeships,
- United States district court: 677 judgeships, and,
- United States Court of International Trade: 9 judgeships.