Trump unveils seventh wave of nominees to fill judicial vacancies

Trump unveils seventh wave of nominees to fill judicial vacancies
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President Trump on Thursday announced his seventh wave of judicial nominees as he works to fill more than 100 vacancies on courts across the U.S.

Among the batch of 16 nominees, Trump selected his own deputy assistant and deputy counsel, Gregory Katsas, to serve as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the nation’s second-most-powerful court.

Conservative groups were quick to hail Katsas's nomination for the lifetime appointment.

“In addition to being an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court, Greg Katsas is one of the kindest and most humble people I know,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at Judicial Crisis Network, the group that lobbied for the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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“As a widely-respected Supreme Court advocate with more than twenty years of experience in government and private practice, Katsas has shown he will honor the Constitution and fairly apply the law.”

Katsas is one of three circuit court nominees in the new group, which includes Oregon Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds to be on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth “Lisa” Branch to be on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump also tapped Matthew Petersen, a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The president's other nominees include R. Stan Baker to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; Jeffrey Beaverstock to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama; John Broomes to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas; Walter Counts to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Rebecca Jennings to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky; Matthew Kacsmaryk to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; and Emily Marks to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Trump also selected Jeff Mateer to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Terry Moorer to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama; Fernando Rodriguez to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Karen Gren Scholer to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; and Brett Talley to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.