U.S. Senate confirms six nominees to U.S. District Court seats

The U.S. Senate confirmed six nominees to U.S. District Court judgeships. The Senate has confirmed 152 of President Trump’s Article III judicial nominees—two Supreme Court justices, 43 appellate court judges, 105 district court judges, and two U.S. Court of International Trade judges—since January 2017. At the end of the 115th Congress in January 2019, the Senate had confirmed 85 of the president’s judicial nominees.
 
The confirmed nominees are:
 
Stephanie Haines, confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. After she receives her judicial commission and takes her judicial oath, the court will have:
-Three vacancies.
-Five Republican-appointed judges and two Democratically-appointed judges
 
Ada Brown, confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. After she receives her judicial commission and takes her judicial oath, the court will have:
-No vacancies
-Ten Republican-appointed judges and two Democratically-appointed judges
 
Steven Grimberg, confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. After he receives his judicial commission and takes his judicial oath, the court will have:
-No vacancies
-Six Democratically-appointed judges and five Republican-appointed judges
 
Stephanie Gallagher, confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. After she receives her judicial commission and takes her judicial oath, the court will have:
-No vacancies
-Eight Democratically-appointed judges and two Republican-appointed judges
 
Mary McElroy, confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. After she receives her judicial commission and takes her judicial oath, the court will have:
-No vacancies
-Two Republican-appointed judges and one Democratically-appointed judge
 
Steven Seeger, confirmed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. After he receives his judicial commission and takes his judicial oath, the court will have:
-Two vacancies
-14 Democratically-appointed judges and six Republican-appointed judges
 
Four of the nominees—Haines, Brown, Grimberg, and Seeger—were confirmed with bipartisan support. Gallagher and McElroy were confirmed by voice vote, meaning there is no official record indicating how many or which senators voted yea or nay. Gallagher and McElroy were also nominated to the same district court seats by President Barack Obama (D) in 2015. Their nominations were returned to the president at the sine die adjournment of the 114th Congress in 2017.
 
There are 94 U.S. District Courts. They are the general trial courts of the United States federal courts.
 



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