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.
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.
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.”
“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:
3. Central District of California
4. Eastern District of California
5. Northern District of California
6. Southern District of California
12. Northern Mariana Islands
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.