Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Since President Trump took office, the Republican majority in the Senate has confirmed: 2 Supreme Court Justices (including Colorado’s Justice Neil Gorsuch); 43 circuit judges (including Colorado’s Allison Eid); 99 district judges (including Colorado’s Daniel Domenico). That’s more than 140 judges with life tenure whose conservative jurisprudence will shape the American judiciary for decades, well into the lives of my children and grandchildren.
For perspective, in 8 years, President Obama confirmed 2 Supreme Court Justices, 49 circuit judges, and 268 district court judges. President Bush confirmed 2 Supreme Court Justices, 61 circuit judges, and 261 district court judges. President Clinton confirmed 2 Supreme Court Justices, 62 circuit judges, and 305 district court judges.
Not even 2.5 years in, President Trump has confirmed the same number of Supreme Court Justices, nearly 90% of the circuit court judges, and more than 1/3 of the district court judges that President Obama confirmed in his full 8 years. A president’s ability to influence our nation’s jurisprudence through selecting the right judges is powerful.