The final vacant judicial seat in Texas is about to be filled by another of many Trump appointees. Houston lawyer Drew Tipton is expected to be confirmed soon to a lifetime appointment to a district judgeship in Corpus Christi. When Trump took office, Texas had more vacant judicial seats than most other states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, changed Senate procedures to speed the process of filling court vacancies. Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz say the new judges are strict constitutional interpreters.

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