These Charts Show How White, Male, and Conservative Trump’s Judicial Nominees Have Been

The administration has installed a record-breaking number of judges, reshaping the courts for decades.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch following an April swearing-in ceremony.Carolyn Kaster/AP

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.

Senate Republicans spent the end of Barack Obama’s term running out the clock on his picks for federal judges. (Remember Merrick Garland?) So when Donald Trump took office, he faced a nearly unprecedented number of vacant judgeships—and an opportunity to roll back gains in diversity and remake the federal courts for decades.

Trump has taken full advantage of the opportunity. In the first year of his presidency, he nominated 69 federal judges, more than any president since Reagan. A record-breaking 12 were appeals court judges. Since the start of the new year, Trump has nominated nearly two dozen more judges.

In total, 71 percent of Trump’s nominees have been white men—a fact that has not slipped past Democratic senators and liberal watchdog groups. “It’s long past time that the judiciary starts looking like the America it represents,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in a recent speech on the Senate floor. “After years of improvement, the Trump administration—like in so many other areas—is taking a giant step backward, this time, when it comes to the diversity of their nominations.”

Federal judges serve for life and are rarely impeached. The numbers Mother Jones compiled show a president who is working hard to cement a judiciary, and a legacy, that will last long beyond his term.

 

 

 

 

Sources: American Bar AssociationAmerican BridgeAlliance for JusticeFederal Judicial CenterUS Courts, US Senate, and Russell Wheeler of the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program

THE END...

of our annual funding cycle is fast approaching, on June 30, and we have a considerable $230,000-plus gap in our online fundraising budget.

If you value the nonprofit journalism you get from Mother Jones, and you can, right now is an important time to help us keep charging hard with a much-needed and much-appreciated donation.

payment methods

THE END...

of our annual funding cycle is fast approaching, on June 30, and we have a considerable $230,000-plus gap in our online fundraising budget.

If you value the nonprofit journalism you get from Mother Jones, and you can, right now is an important time to help us keep charging hard with a much-needed and much-appreciated donation.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate