Visual Guide : The President v the Senate (Confirmed Nominations)

When the majority party in the Senate starts complaining about the minority party, the focus of the complaint is often the confirmation process. The Senate has the power to confirm Presidential nominations; confirmation is an “[i]nformal term for the Senate giving ‘Advice and Consent to a presidential nomination for an executive or judicial position.”

President Nomination (type/number) Congressional Action
Ronald Reagan Reagan nominated 403 judges to U.S. district and appellate courts Congress confirmed 375 (0.931)
Reagan made five Supreme Court nominations Congress confirmed 4 (0.80)
George H.W. Bush Bush nominated 242 judges to U.S. district and appellate courts Congress confirmed 192 (0.793)
Bush made two Supreme Court nominations Congress confirmed both (1.00)
Bill Clinton Clinton nominated 443 judges to U.S. district and appellate courts Congress confirmed 372 (0.8397)
In his second term, Clinton nominated 96 judges to U.S. appellate court nominations Congress confirmed 35 (0.714)
Clinton made two Supreme Court nominations Congress confirmed both (1.00)
George W. Bush In his first term, Bush nominated 52 judges to U.S. appellate court nominations Congress confirmed 35 (0.673)
In his first term, Bush nominated 179 judges to U.S. district court nominations Congress confirmed 170 (0.9497)
Reagan made four Supreme Court nominations Congress confirmed 2 (0.50)
Barack Obama Obama has made two Supreme Court nominations Congress has confirmed 1 (0.50)

Also, see Senate data on cabinet nominations.

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