Author: Ellie Mikus

  • Biden has successfully appointed 205 federal judges through February 1 of his fourth year

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    President Joe Biden (D) has appointed and the U.S. Senate has confirmed 175 Article III federal judges through February 1, 2024, his fourth year in office. This is the third-most Article III judicial appointments through this point in all presidencies since President Ronald Reagan (R). The average number of federal judges appointed by previous presidents…

  • The Federal Judicial Vacancy Count 2/1/2024

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    In this month’s federal judicial vacancy count, Ballotpedia tracked nominations, confirmations, and vacancies from January 2, 2024, to February 1, 2024. Ballotpedia publishes the federal judicial vacancy count at the start of each month. HIGHLIGHTS New vacancies There were 58 vacancies out of 870 active Article III judicial positions, a total vacancy percentage of 6.7%,…

  • Biden has successfully appointed 166 federal judges through January 1 of his fourth year

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    President Joe Biden (D) has appointed and the U.S. Senate has confirmed 166 Article III federal judges through January 1, 2024, his fourth year in office. The average number of federal judges appointed by previous presidents through January 1 of his fourth year in office is 154.3. By January 1 of his fourth year, President…

  • State supreme court vacancy 2023 recap

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    From January 1 through December 21, 2023, Ballotpedia tracked 20 state supreme court vacancies. This was the second-lowest number of vacancies since Ballotpedia started tracking state supreme court vacancies in 2019. Of the 20 vacancies, 13 (65%) were caused by a justice resigning from their seat. Of the 13 retirements, seven (54%) were voluntary, with…

  • State supreme court vacancy count for December 2023

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    In this month’s state supreme court vacancy update, Ballotpedia tracked announced retirements, nominations, appointments, confirmations, and swearing ins of justices from December 1 to December 21, 2023. Ballotpedia tracks court vacancies in all 52 state supreme courts. Announced retirements: No new retirements were announced. Candidates nominated/appointed: One candidate was nominated to fill a vacancy. Nominees…

  • Ballotpedia releases federal judicial vacancy count for December 2023

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    In this month’s federal judicial vacancy count, Ballotpedia tracked nominations, confirmations, and vacancies from November 2 through December 1, 2023. Ballotpedia publishes the federal judicial vacancy count at the start of each month. HIGHLIGHTS New vacancies There were 63 vacancies out of 870 active Article III judicial positions, a total vacancy percentage of 7.2, which…

  • Biden has successfully appointed 159 federal judges through December 1 of his third year

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    President Joe Biden (D) has appointed and the Senate has confirmed 159 Article III federal judges through December 1, 2023, his third year in office. The Senate had confirmed 164 of President Donald Trump’s (R) appointees at this point in his term. The average number of federal judges appointed by previous presidents through December 1…

  • State supreme court vacancy count for November 2023

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    In this month’s state supreme court vacancy update, Ballotpedia tracked announced retirements, nominations, appointments, confirmations, and new justices taking office from November 1 to November 30, 2023. Ballotpedia tracks court vacancies in all 52 state supreme courts. Announced retirements: Two state supreme court justices announced their intention to retire from their state’s highest court in…

  • Biden has successfully appointed 148 federal judges through November 1 of his third year

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    President Joe Biden (D) has appointed and the U.S. Senate has confirmed 148 Article III federal judges through November 1, 2023, his third year in office. This is the fourth-most Article III judicial appointments through this point in all presidencies since President Ronald Reagan (R). The Senate had confirmed 157 of President Donald Trump’s (R)…

  • Ballotpedia releases federal judicial vacancy count for November 2023

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    In this month’s federal judicial vacancy count, Ballotpedia tracked nominations, confirmations, and vacancies from October 2 to November 1, 2023. Ballotpedia publishes the federal judicial vacancy count at the start of each month. HIGHLIGHTS New vacancies There were 69 vacancies out of 870 active Article III judicial positions, a total vacancy percentage of 7.9%, which…