The empty seat on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals bench might be filled with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid.
According to reports from the Washington Times and the Denver Post, Eid is President Trump’s pick to fill the seat vacated by now-Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The Senate Judiciary traditionally requires home state senators to return “blue slips” showing their support of any judicial nominee from their state before the committee proceeds with confirmation hearings and votes on that nominee. Neither of Colorado’s U.S. senators, Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, have yet publicly given their support for Eid.
“Because our circuit courts are the final word for the 99 percent of cases that are not heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the selection of these lifetime-appointed judges on the 10th Circuit is extremely important to the people of Colorado,” said Peg Perl, spokeswoman for the Courts Matter Colorado coalition. “Both Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner should carefully examine any nominee from Colorado to make sure they will be impartial arbiters of the law and represent Colorado values on the court before returning a blue slip. And we expect the Senate Judiciary Committee to continue its 100 years of deference to home state senators and wait until both blue slips are returned before proceeding on a nomination.”
The 10th Circuit includes Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming and Oklahoma.
There is also one vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, which has remained vacant since April 2016. Gardner and Bennet recommended Regina Rodriguez for the seat after running independent searches, though her nomination expired in January. There is not yet a new recommendation for the federal district seat, though Courts Matter did urge the senators to re-submit Rodriguez for the nomination from Trump.