Judge James Ho

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

ABA Rating: Well Qualified

Nominated by President Donald Trump

Confirmed 53-43 on December 14, 2017

  • Stanford University B.A., 1995

  • University of Chicago Law School J.D., 1999

  • Law clerk, Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1999-2000

  • Private practice, Washington, D.C., 2000-2001

  • Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001-2003; Civil Rights Division, 2001; Office of Legal Counsel, 2001-2003

  • Chief counsel, Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 2003-2005

  • Chief counsel, Subcommittee on Immigration, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 2005

  • Law clerk, Hon. Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States, 2005-2006

  • Private practice, Dallas, Texas, 2006-2008, 2010-2017

  • Solicitor general, State of Texas, 2008-2010

Democrats who opposed his confirmation:

Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Booker (D-NJ), Brown (D-OH), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Coons (D-DE), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Duckworth (D-IL), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Franken (D-MN), Gillibrand (D-NY), Harris (D-CA), Hassan (D-NH), Heinrich (D-NM), Hirono (D-HI), Kaine (D-VA), King (I-ME), Klobuchar (D-MN), Leahy (D-VT), Markey (D-MA), Menendez (D-NJ), Merkley (D-OR), Murphy (D-CT), Nelson (D-FL), Peters (D-MI), Reed (D-RI), Sanders (I-VT), Schatz (D-HI), Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen (D-NH), Stabenow (D-MI), Tester (D-MT), Udall (D-NM), Van Hollen (D-MD), Warner (D-VA), Warren (D-MA), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR)

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