On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved of President Trump’s latest batch of judicial appointments, including his 150th pick.
150 conservative judges.
The president likely celebrated his 150th judicial nomination as the figure has him far past the number of judges approved by former President Obama at this point in his presidency.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham described the sheer number of justices as a “historic milestone,” the Washington Times reports.
“These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,” he added.
And, from the report:
Six district court nominees won confirmation Wednesday, bringing the president’s total number of appointed judges to the lower federal courts to 105. Mr. Trump has also appointed 43 circuit court nominees and two Supreme Court justices since taking office.
The pace has far outdone President Obama, who only saw 20 circuit court nominees and 74 district court judges confirmed during the same period of time. Obama, though, like Trump had two Supreme Court appointments within his first three years.
The Western Journal adds:
Trump is outpacing all recent presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan, with the exception of Bill Clinton, who had placed 154 judges on the bench.
When Trump assumed office, there were 97 openings in the federal judiciary, which is comparable to Obama, who had 93 to fill.
More positions have opened since the Republican became president in January 2017, due to retirements and other normal attrition.
Only George H.W. Bush had more openings than Trump when he became chief executive, with 142.
According to the report, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Trump—should he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell get re-elected (and Republicans keep their majority in the Senate)—then Trump could have appointed more than half of all federal judges.
“If Trump is re-elected (and McConnell gets re-elected in Kentucky) at this pace by the end of the second term they will have appointed and confirmed over half of all our federal judges,” Gingrich wrote in an op-ed with Newsweek.
He continued, “When you think about the lifetime nature of these appointments, you can see why McConnell can legitimately be considered a master of the judiciary as well as the Senate.”