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Judicial Appointments to the Western District of Washington

Announcement of Judicial Appointments
to the United States District Court
for the Western District of Washington

There are a total of five vacancies on the federal bench in the Western District of Washington.  Three of these vacancies are in the Seattle courthouse and two are in the Tacoma courthouse.  Senators Murray and Cantwell have engaged a bipartisan committee to screen and interview candidates.  The Committee will then make recommendations to the two U.S. Senators, who will make a final recommendation to the White House.

If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these five positions, you will be asked to provide the Committee with personal background and professional information in the form of responses to an application. Only individuals who have fully completed the application and provided the requested materials will be considered. After review of responses to the application, the Committee will determine whom it will interview. The deadline for completing the application and providing the required information is January 4, 2021. Further submission instructions are contained in the application document.

The application is available on the Court’s website ( as well as the website for the Federal Bar Association ( and shall be submitted electronically to the Committee Co-Chairs listed below. All applications will be held confidential by the Committee. They will be reviewed by the Committee and may be shared with the Senators, their staff, and the White House. Any nominated candidate will be subject to a full background investigation by federal law enforcement and Senate Confirmation. For further information, please contact one of the Committee Co-Chairs:

Ian Warner
(206) 940-4429


Rob McKenna
(206) 839-4415