February 08, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Judicial Applications Are Open

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that applications are now being accepted by their northern and southern judicial commissions to review candidates for vacancies on the federal bench in Nevada. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen invite Nevadans interested in being considered for one of the two current vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to complete an application available on the Senators’ websites. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2021. An announcement regarding the membership of the two commissions will be forthcoming.

“Nevada is best served by judges who are fair-minded and well-versed in the law,” said the Senators. “The judicial commissions we created will work to consider candidates of a variety of backgrounds in a nonpartisan manner that preserves the independence  of our federal bench. We encourage qualified Nevadans to apply to serve the Silver State.”


Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen established two bipartisan judicial commissions to vet and recommend qualified judicial nominees for federal appointments to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judicial commissions will interview applicants and submit to the Senators the names of candidates deemed qualified for the federal bench. Traditionally, U.S. Senators confer with the White House and propose candidates for the President to nominate to fill judicial vacancies in their home state. This commission is modeled after similar processes used in other states.