With two vacancies coming up on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Trump administration is in the process of vetting candidates.
According to the Daily Caller, candidates being considered include:
“Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, Texas appeals court Justices Michael Massengale and Brett Busby, former Texas solicitor general James Ho, and Andy Oldham, deputy counsel to Gov. Greg Abbott.”
Being one of the nation’s more conservative courts, the majority of judges are republican appointments. All the present appointments were made by Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
With the process of replacing Judge Antonin Scalia still being considered, it is unlikely that the lower court appointments will be made before the Supreme court appointment.
Professor Carl Tobias of University of Richmond School of Law said:
“My guess is you’re not likely to see a whole lot of nominees, or even any nominees, until the Supreme Court confirmation is over,”
“The rest of the process sort of came to a halt,”
“The circuit and district nominees didn’t have very many hearings at all.”