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President Donald Trump walks from the west wing of the White House to Marine One before heading to Joint Base Andrews and on to Bedminster, NJ, Friday, August 4, 2017.
Conservatives have been waiting for this opportunity for years.

With 148 judicial vacancies as of Jan. 2 and an increasingly aging federal bench, President Donald Trump could remake the federal judiciary on a scale that hasn’t been possible in decades. The president is poised to shift the federal courts dramatically to the right by filling them with a new generation of young, conservative jurists.

Trump got 19 of his Article III nominees confirmed in 2017, including 12 to sit on courts of appeals and one U.S. Supreme Court justice. While President Barack Obama also had appointed a Supreme Court justice at this point, Trump has quadrupled the number of appellate appointees Obama had at this point in his first term, with twelve to Obama’s three.

Trump’s early nomination numbers also fare well when compared with Trump’s closest Republican predecessor, President George W. Bush. Though Bush had 18 nominees confirmed by the same point in his presidency, only five had been confirmed for appellate courts.

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Cogan Schneier

Cogan Schneier is a Washington, D.C.-based litigation reporter covering D.C. courts, national litigation trends, the Justice Department and the federal judiciary. She is the author of Trump Watch, an email briefing that covers the Trump administration and its imprint on the law.

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