President Joe Biden (D) announced his intent to nominate six individuals to Article III judgeships with lifetime terms on May 12:
- Gustavo Gelpí, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
- Eunice Lee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
- Veronica Rossman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
- Angel Kelley, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Lauren King, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
- Karen Williams, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
To date, Biden has announced 19 nominees to Article III judgeships. Twelve nominees are awaiting a hearing with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The next nomination hearings are scheduled for May 13. Seven nominees are awaiting a committee vote. None of the nominees have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
As of his inauguration in January 2021, Biden inherited 46 Article III vacancies: two vacancies in the U.S. courts of appeal, 43 vacancies in the U.S. district courts, and one vacancy on the U.S. Court of International Trade. Biden announced his first federal judicial nominees on March 30.
- Judicial vacancies during Biden’s first term
- Current federal judicial vacancies
- The Federal Judicial Vacancy Count 5/1/2021