The confirmation of President Donald Trumps judicial nominee Barbara Lagoa on Nov. 20 flipped another court to a GOP-appointed majority as Republicans continue what some hail as the presidents most impactful push continues.
With Republicans holding the majority in the Senate throughout Trumps term, a raft of the presidents judicial nominees have been approved. The 11th Circuit Court is the third that has flipped during Trumps term, following the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.
Trump nominees hold five of the 12 seats on the 11th Circuit, with two additional Republican-appointed judges on the court. Robert Luck, another Trump appointee, was confirmed to the court on Tuesday in a 64-31 vote.
The Senate confirmed Lagoa 80-15 on Wednesday. Both Lagoa and Luck were justices on the Florida Supreme Court.
There are now seven appeals courts with a majority of Republican-nominated judges out of 13 such circuit courts in the nation.
“This is a major achievement for his presidency,” said Carrie Severino, who runs the Judicial Crisis Network. “This success—along with the record number of federal appellate judges President Trump has appointed to date—is a testament to the tangible impact the president has had in reshaping the federal judiciary with constitutionalist judges who are committed to the rule of law.”
According to a tracker kept by the Heritage Foundation, Trump had made 162 judicial appointments by Nov. 14 of his third year, more than any of the five presidents preceding him.