Final Senate Action on U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During a President's Eighth Year in Office [January 27, 2016] [open pdf - 722KB]
From the Summary: "This report, in light of continued Senate interest in the judicial confirmation process during a President's final year in office, provides statistics related to Senate action on U.S. circuit and district court nominations during the eighth year of the George W. Bush, Clinton, and Reagan presidencies. The eighth year of a presidency is significant, in part, because it is the final opportunity for a President to appoint individuals as U.S. circuit and district court judges. Such judges have what effectively has come to mean life tenure, holding office 'during good Behaviour.' For the purposes of this report, final Senate action occurs either when the Senate confirms a nomination during a President's eighth year or when a nomination is returned to the President during his eighth year (and not resubmitted and ultimately approved by the Senate)."
CRS Report for Congress, R44353
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html