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Throughout his first term as President of The United States, former Senator Barack Obama has nominated and lobbied for confirmation of some of the most radical judicial nominees the Senate has ever seen. While the Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to confirm many of those with the most questionable and concerning records, President Obama has in total confirmed: two (2) Supreme Court Justices, thirty (30) Appellate Court Judges, and one-hundred forty-three (143) District Court Judges.





 Activist        Extreme Activist

Nominee to the D.C. Circuit court of Appeals

Nominated: August 1, 2013
Hearing Date: TBD
Confirmed by Senate: N/A

Nominee to the Southern District of New York

Re-Nominated: January 4, 2013 (Originally nominated September 19, 2012)
Committee Questionnaire Update
Hearing Date: February 13, 2013
Questions For The Record
Reported by Committee: March 7, 2013
Confirmed by Senate: 

One of President Obama's most controversial nominees was, of course, to the notoriously activist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Liu's nomination to the Ninth Circuit was sucessfully haulted in the U.S. Senate, sparing the Federal Judiciary from his influence - followed, however, barely a month later by nomination and confirmation to the California State Supreme Court.

Former Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, appointed Six to fill the Attorney General’s position in 2008, but when Kansans had an opportunity to vote, they immediately replaced Six in the 2010 elections.  Less than two months later, President Obama ignored voter disapproval of Six and nominated him to a federal judgeship on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals - a position the Senate thankfully refused to confirm Six to.

Nominee to the D.C. Circuit court of Appeals

Nominated: June 4th, 2013
Hearing Date: February 13th, 2013
Denied by Senate: October 2013

President Obama nominated Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 29th, 2010, but neither Democrats nor Republicans reacted positively to this radical nomination. Halligan’s nomination twice failed Senate cloture votes, falling well short of the 60 votes required to proceed. Nevertheless, President Obama has re-nominated Halligan on four separate occasions.  The President finally withdrew Halligan's nomination at her request on March 22nd, 2013.

Former Nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has long received credit as “The Architect” and “Lone Remaining Defender” of Roe v. Wade - one of the most blatant examples of Judicial Activism in American history.  Despite this record of activism, support from Senator Jon Kyl (now-retired Republican Senator from Arizona), helped secure Hurwitz's Senate confirmation on June 12, 2012.

Nominee to the First Circuit Court of Appeals

Nominated: January 23, 2012
Committee Questionnaire

Nominee to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

First Nominated: May 20, 2010
Returned To President: December 22, 2010
Re-Nominated: Jan. 5, 2011
Committee Questionnaire Update
Questions For The Record
Reported By Committee: Feb. 17, 2011 (Dec. 1, 2010)

Nominee to the Southern District of New York

First Nominated: March 31, 2011
ABA Rating: Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified
Committee Questionnaire
June 8, 2011

Nominee to the Southern District of New York

Nominated: June 7, 2011
Committee Questionnaire
Hearing Date: July 28, 2011
Questions For The Record
Reported By Committee: September 15, 2011

Nominee to the Central District of California

Nominated: July 20, 2011
Committee Questionnaire
Hearing Date: October 4, 2011
Questions For The Record
Reported By Committee: November 3, 2011

Nominee for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals


Nominated: (July 14, 2010)
Returned To President: December 22, 2010

Re-Nominated: Jan. 5, 2011 
Committee Questionnaire Update

Nominee to the Western District of Wisconsin
Nominated: Sept. 30, 2009
Returned To President: December 22, 2010
Re-Nominated:  Jan. 20, 2010, Sept. 13, 2010, Jan. 5, 2011 
Committee Questionnaire Update
Reported By Committee: (Dec. 3, 2009, Feb. 4, 2010, Sept. 23, 2010)
Hearing Transcript

Nominee for the Southern District of New York


Nominated: January 26, 2011
Committee Questionnaire
Hearing Date: March 16, 2011
Questions For The Record
Reported By Committee: April 7, 2011

Nominee to the Northern District of California

First Nominated: Sept. 13, 2010
Returned To President: December 22, 2010
Re-Nominated:  Aug. 6, 2009, Jan. 20, 2010, Jan. 5, 2011
Committee Questionnaire Update
Questions For The Record
Additional Questions For The Record
Reported By Committee: Mar. 17, 2011
Hearing Transcript