President Joe Biden has filled 40 judicial vacancies in 2021, twice the number as former President Donald Trump did during his first year, in moves that are quickly eroding conservative influence in the nation’s courts.
Now we are at 40 judges confirmed in 2021! https://t.co/4qLGT2rJXF
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) December 18, 2021
“I remember when the GOP used to say that Trump’s judicial picks were alone enough to prove his leadership. He won confirmation of 19 judges in 2017,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain tweeted.
According to legal expert Thomas Jipping, the achievement marks the most confirmations in a president’s first year since Ronald Reagan.
Senate confirmed 9 noms to US Dist Ct last night, making 40 total for the year. First-year totals:
GW Bush 28
GHW Bush 15
— Thomas Jipping (@TomJipping) December 18, 2021
Biden still has a long way to go to match Trump’s overall judicial confirmations. During his four years in office, the former president helped appoint 234 judges, according to the Washington Examiner.
The high number of appointments is remarkable, however, given the current 50-50 tie in the Senate. During Trump’s years in office, Republicans held a clear majority during the first year, yet only confirmed 17 judges.
Still, Trump’s major achievement was nominating three Supreme Court justices in four years, while Biden has yet to have the opportunity to nominate a justice to the nation’s highest court.