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Kevin Newsom

Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Confirmed August 1, 2017

President Trump nominated Kevin Newsom on May 8, 2017 to an Alabama-based seat on the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and he was confirmed on a 66-31 Senate vote.

Previously, President Obama nominated U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon to the same Eleventh Circuit seat on Feb. 11, 2016.

Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) blocked a hearing on Judge Kallon's Circuit Court nomination by refusing to submit the blue slips that are required from each home-state Senator, and the nomination was returned to the President. Previously, Sens. Sessions and Shelby supported Abdul Kallon's Senate confirmation to the district court by unanimous consent on Nov. 21, 2009.

Senator Feinstein, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member: Setting the record straight on judicial nominees and blue slip
(Democrat - California) 09/25/17 
Editorial memo on history of the blue slip and consultation with home-state Senators on judicial nominees

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips: Republicans repeatedly used the tradition to block President Obama’s judicial nominees. (Huffington Post, 09/13/17) Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Counsel to President Obama

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