Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, begins his presidency with 68 open positions – seven positions in appeals courts and 61 positions in district courts. That number of vacancies is less than what former President Donald Trump inherited when he entered the White House. Trump had one open seat in the Supreme Court, 86 seats in the District Court and 17 seats in the District Court.
After Senate Republicans confirmed more than 200 judges during Trump’s presidency – an affirmative juggernaut that GOP leaders were proud of – Democrats and progressive groups vow to wield their own influence over the Bundesbank.
A name already known as a potential Biden Supreme Court election, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, was on the Biden government’s list of potential nominations to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals just last week, according to a source. Jackson is currently a federal district judge in the District of Columbia.
Biden’s anticipated eleven picks announcement comes amid growing Democratic belief that former President Barack Obama has been too sluggish in court. Obama announced his first court ruling on March 17, 2009, followed by two more rulings on April 2 of this year.
Trump faced a comparatively unusual situation as he took office: a vacant Supreme Court seat held open by Senate Republicans who refused to respond to Obama’s appointment of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Judge Antonin Scalia.
Trump tipped Judge Neil Gorsuch for this slot on February 1, 2017. Trump’s first election for a lower court came on March 21 for an appeals court.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment.