Since the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, political turmoil erupted over whom Trump would pick as a Supreme Court Justice to fill a suddenly vacated seat. The appointment of a conservative Justice will change the composition of the Supreme Court from 5-4 to 6-3. Small wonder, that many are concerned about the President’s pick as it can affect the Supreme Court decisions for decades to come. “If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes,” Trump said to reporters on Saturday, signaling his readiness to appoint a female nominee.
Here are a few possible contenders.
Amy Coney Barret
According to the Hill, Amy Coney Barret, a federal appeals court judge, is almost certainly a pick to replace the late Justice Ginsburg. Barret clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia before she started her teaching career at George Washington University Law School.
A former Notre Dame law professor, she was under consideration for the Supreme Court bench during the last nomination in 2018, but Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh who was later confirmed by the Senate.
A member of the Federalist Society, she served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida before Donald Trump nominated Lagoa to a vacated seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She was swiftly confirmed by a vote 80-15. Lagoa is of Cuban descent, and if confirmed, would be a second Latino Supreme Court Justice.
The youngest nominee, Britt Grant is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Grant clerked for Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at one time.
A former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, Eid is currently serving as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was nominated by Trump to this position vacated by Justice Neil Gorsuch back in 2017.
A son of Indian immigrants, Thapar is a judge on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Amul Thapar made it to the list of potential nominees back in 2018 to replace retired Justice Kennedy, but Trump moved with Kavanaugh’s nomination. He would be the first Indian American Supreme Court Justice if appointed.