President Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominees


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Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett was named President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Barrett was also a candidate in the 2018 nomination.

Leah Boone, Co Editor-in-Chief

After the tragic death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump, with approval by Mitch McConnell and the senate, is appointing a new justice in place of her. While he has not specifically said names, he has hinted towards certain potential nominees. 

Trump has also mentioned his nominee will be a woman, and that he has narrowed it down to only a few candidates.

Amy Coney Barrett: Barrett is a lawyer and serves in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as a circuit judge. She is 48 years old and graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. She was also said to be a potential candidate in 2018 when President Trump appointed Brett Kavanaugh. According to multiple sources close to the decision, Barrett is looking to be Trump’s favorite.

Barbara Lagoa: Lagoa is an American attorney. She is a Circuit Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before this position, she served in the Florida Supreme Court and was the first Cuban-American woman to do so. Appointing Lagoa could benefit President Trump in that Florida is a vital state in the upcoming election and he could gain votes from the Latino population. 

Britt Grant: Grant is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She was formerly a Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. She attended Stanford Law School from 2004 to 2007. Grant is only 42 years old, making her eligible to serve decades on the Supreme Court. 

Joan Larsen: Larsen is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was also a candidate in 2018 when President Trump appointed Kavanaugh. From 2015 to 2017, she was an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. 

Allison Eid: Formerly the 95th Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado, Eid now serves as a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She attended University of Chicago Law School in 1991. Eid was nominated for the Court of Appeals by President Trump in 2017, replacing Neil Gorsuch.

Allison Jones Rushing: Rushing is a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is the youngest potential nominee at only 38 years old and attended Duke University Law School. President Trump nominated her for her current position in 2018. While her young age is slightly unprecedented for Supreme Court justices, it would ensure her staying on the Court for many years. 

On Saturday, Sept. 26, President Trump officially announced his nominee. Trump chose Judge Amy Coney Barrett. 

“She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.” President Trump said. “This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation.”