Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, are currently accepting applications for a pending vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The senators are accepting applications through Nov. 8 for candidates to succeed U.S. District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson, who will be taking senior status on Nov. 23.
Interested applicants can find application instructions on Warner’s website. Those who previously applied for the Eastern District of Virginia vacancies created by Judge John A. Gibney and Judge Liam O’Grady taking senior status do not need to re-apply, but must email a cover letter to [email protected] informing Warner and Kaine of their interest in the new vacancy.
Additionally, candidates who applied for either the Western District of Virginia when Judge James P. Jones assumed senior status or the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals when Judge Barbara Keenan assumed senior status do not need to re-apply. These applicants also must email a cover letter to Warner about their interest in the new vacancy.
Jackson is the fourth judge on the court to take senior status since 2019. Gibney will take senior status on Nov. 1, while O’Grady and Judge Anthony Trenga took senior status in the last two years.
As of Oct. 27, no nominee has been named to fill Gibney’s seat. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Tolliver Giles and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff have been nominated to fill the vacancies left by Trenga and O’Grady. The pair’s nominations were reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in September.
Giles’s nomination was confirmed by the full U.S. Senate on Oct. 26 in a 68-27 vote. Nachmanoff’s nomination was confirmed the following day.
Jackson was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1993. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia for 16 years. Jackson is a graduate of Norfolk State University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.