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Biden’s judicial nominees outpacing Trump’s in first two years of presidency


President Biden has appointed more district court judges than his predecessor did during the first 23 months of their presidencies.

But Mr. Biden hasn’t undone the conservative bent that former President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans cemented during the prior administration, according to court watchers.

They say most of Mr. Biden’s nominees have replaced Democratic judges, not GOP appointees. Mr. Trump was able to flip many seats — including circuit court posts — to Republican jurists.

“Ideologically, it is not going to be as big of a change,” Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said of Mr. Biden’s impact on the judiciary.

During his presidential campaign, Mr. Biden’s promise had been to diversify the Supreme Court, vowing to appoint the first Black woman to the high court if a vacancy arose. He made good on that promise when he elevated Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retired Justice Stephen G. Breyer this year.

Other than his one Supreme Court nominee, Mr. Biden has seen 28 judges to circuit courts and 68 to district courts confirmed in his first two years.

By comparison, Mr. Trump had two appointees to the high court, 30

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