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Trump announces six new federal court picks

January 16, 2019

President Trump announced six new picks for federal district court seats Wednesday in what was his first slate of judicial nominees released since the start of the new Congress this year.

The nominees, if confirmed, would fill federal court vacancies in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona and North Dakota.

The president saw a record number of federal appeals court nominees confirmed in his first two years, but the Senate allowed roughly 90 of his judicial nominees to expire at the end of last Congress.

Senate Republicans said they expect the president to renominate nearly all of those expired picks in the near future.

“As soon as the pipeline starts getting filled again, the committee will start moving them out,” said Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican.

The new nominees announced Wednesday include Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Greg Guidry for the Eastern District of Louisiana, James W. Hendrix and Mark T. Pittman for the Northern District of Texas, Sean D. Jordan for the Eastern District of Texas, Michael T. Liburdi for the District of Arizona, and Peter D. Welte for the District of North Dakota.

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