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Many American citizens may not be familiar with how a person become a judge for a US Court of Appeals or US District Court. However, they can find the answer in a recent Congressional Research Service report (R43762) which explains the process in detail.  Under the Constitution, “the President nominates persons to fill federal judgeships,” and the Senate confirms the nominee.  Customarily the President will consult with the home state Senators to determine the acceptability of a candidate.  After the President signs the nomination message, it is sent to the Senate.  The Senate Judiciary Committee conducts a confirmation hearing before the Senate takes a vote.  “A simple majority of Senators voting, with a minimum quorum of 51 being present, is required to approve a nomination.  Senate votes rejecting a nomination are rare.”

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