Sources today are reporting that Judge David Folsom of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is retiring rather than seeking senior status. He will stop hearing cases, and the federal courts in Texas will have another vacancy.
Does this matter? Sure. The number of open federal judicial slots has been a matter of some debate in recent weeks in Washington, and notably, Texas has more judicial vacancies than any other state. A deal was brokered last week in the Senate to pare down the number of vacancies in the coming weeks, but today's announcement is one more reminder of how pressing this issue is. Check back later today for more on why this matters and on the compromise in the Senate.