The U.S. Senate on Sept. 21 confirmed one of President Joe Biden’s (D) federal judicial nominees to a lifetime Article III judgeship.
- Margaret Strickland, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, by a vote of 52-45
Margaret Strickland was nominated to the District of New Mexico on April 19 to replace Judge Robert Brack, who assumed senior status on July 25, 2018. Strickland was rated as Well Qualified by a majority and Qualified by a minorityby the American Bar Association. Strickland will join the court upon receiving her judicial commission and taking her judicial oath.
To date, 13 of Biden’s appointees have been confirmed. For historical comparison since 1981, the following list shows the date by which the past six presidents had 13 Article III judicial nominees confirmed by the Senate:
- President Donald Trump (R) – Nov. 2, 2017
- President Barack Obama (D) – Dec. 24, 2009
- President George W. Bush (R) – Nov. 5, 2001
- President Bill Clinton (D) – Nov. 20, 1993
- President George H.W. Bush (R) – Nov. 21, 1989
- President Ronald Reagan (R) – Sept. 25, 1981
Currently, nine Article III nominees are awaiting a confirmation vote from the U.S Senate, seven nominees are awaiting a Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance their nominations to the full Senate, and 12 nominees are awaiting a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Margaret Strickland
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