Last week, the Senate confirmed Stephanie Thacker to a West Virginia seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Nominated last September and waiting for a floor vote since last November, Judge Thacker became the fourth active woman judge currently sitting on this court, bringing the total percentage of female judges on the Fourth Circuit to 27%. She was only the second appellate court judge confirmed in 2012. Later today, the Senate will confirm Brian Wimes, who has also been waiting for a vote since last year, to a district court seat in Missouri.
There will be votes on four more district court judges and one circuit court judge by May 7, under the terms of the deal struck by Senate leadership back in March. And then? Contact your Senators and make sure that the Senate knows there’s more work to be done on judges.