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President Joe Biden is on a successful spree of federal judicial confirmations during the first year of his presidency, a streak prompting Senate Republicans to amplify efforts to offset his pace.
With 62 nominations and 28 confirmations to federal judgeships as of Dec. 10, Biden’s success can largely be attributed to his targeting of “states with no Republican senators or courts with no senators at all,” Russell Wheeler, a governance studies expert with the Brookings Institution, told the Washington Examiner.
The strategy has allowed the White House to secure confirmations quickly, with little partisan resistance. However, recent hearings within the Senate Judiciary Committee have shown his selections in GOP-dominated states facing significant resistance.
Biden’s Nov. 17 nomination of Memphis attorney Andre B. Mathis to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit faced criticism from Tennessee’s two Republican senators, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, who complained in a joint statement last month that the administration disregarded the tradition of “substantively consulting” with home-state senators on judicial nominees.
While the pair of Tennessee senators raised issues with Biden’s process, the 50–50 Senate, wi …

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