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President Trump Lands Sixth Judge on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

California’s home-state Senators Feinstein and Harris voted against Collins’ nomination

By Katy Grimes, June 3, 2019 10:45 am

President Trump has successfully appointed six judges to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to Trump taking office, the Ninth Circuit had 19 Democratic appointees, 6 Republican appointees, and four vacancies, and is the most overturned court of appeals in the country. In May, the U.S. Senate confirmed two Trump nominees, Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins, the fifth and six appointed judges.

Kenneth Lee

The U.S. Senate confirmed Collins’ nomination by a 53-46 vote on May 21, 2019. He received commission on May 22, 2019. California’s home-state Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) and Kamala Harris (D) voted against Collins’ nomination.

Daniel Collins

Senators confirmed Kenneth Lee’s nomination on a party-line 52-45 vote, giving President Trump his 40th circuit judge since taking office.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the third nominee, Daniel Aaron Bress, May 22. If he is confirmed by the committee, President Trump will have appointed seven judges to the Ninth Circuit.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote an op ed about her objection: “Daniel Bress, was born in California but practices law in Washington, D.C., and lives in Virginia. In fact, since graduating from high school, Mr. Bress has only lived in California for one year and has been on the east coast for college, law school and the rest of his legal career.”

Daniel Bress

“Currently the court is comprised of 16 judges appointed by Democratic presidents and 11 judges appointed by Republican presidents,” the Epoch Times reported. “If Trump successfully fills the two vacant seats, it would place the court at 16 Democratic appointed judges and 13 Republican appointed judges. This would be unprecedented for the California-based circuit court, which has included judges such as the late Stephen Reinhardt, often called the ‘liberal lion’ of the Ninth Circuit.”

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the largest appellate court with 29 active judicial posts. The court is headquartered in San Francisco, California, but meets at locations throughout the 9th Circuit.

President Trump’s Ninth Circuit Judges are:

Mark J. Bennett Donald Trump Union College Cornell Law School
Ryan D. Nelson Donald Trump October 18, 2018 Brigham Young University Brigham Young University Law School
Eric D. Miller Donald Trump March 4, 2019 Harvard University, B.A., 1996 University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1999
Bridget S. Bade Donald Trump April 1, 2019 Arizona State University Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Daniel P. Collins Donald Trump May 22, 2019 Harvard College, A.B., 1985 Stanford University, J.D., 1988


Kenneth Lee will join the court upon receiving his judicial commission and taking his judicial oath.

The Ninth Circuit Districts cover:
1. Alaska
2. Arizona
3. Central District of California
4. Eastern District of California
5. Northern District of California
6. Southern District of California
7. Guam
8. Hawaii
9. Idaho
10. Montana
11. Nevada
12. Northern Mariana Islands
13. Oregon
14. Eastern District of Washington
15. Western District of Washington

All of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judges can be found HERE, including two Richard Nixon appointees, five Jimmy Carter appointees, three Ronald Reagan appointees, five Bill Clinton appointees, four George W. Bush appointees, on the senior bench.

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?
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4 thoughts on “President Trump Lands Sixth Judge on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. There are so many things to say to Senator Feinstein about her objection to Daniel Bress’ nomination. First, after her conduct during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, she has lost credibility with many of us. Second, if residency is an issue, her primary residence since 1992 has not been California either, so perhaps she shouldn’t raise that as an issue. Third, if it really bothers her that Bress works in Washington, D.C. where she does, she should just consider him an “illegal alien” whom California, as the sanctuary state, welcomes. Mr. Bress has an impressive resume. If confirmed, he could be an outstanding jurist.

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