This is of course not the first time Amy Coney Barrett has been on the cusp of ascending to the high court. She was among those considered to be favored by conservatives after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement back in 2018.
A federal appeals court judge sitting in Chicago appeared to skyrocket to front-runner status today as President Donald Trump considered who he will nominate to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The one-time law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia was among those considered to be favored by conservatives after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement back in 2018.
But multiple news outlets have reported today that Barrett is indeed among those being seriously considered by Trump after Ginsburg’s death Friday at age 87. Republicans have vowed to move forward with a nomination regardless of recent threats to increase violence and riots by the left.
Leading Democrats said Republicans should follow the precedent they set in 2016 by not considering a Supreme Court choice in the run-up to an election however, Hillary Clinton has clearly indicated her position on the matter as she has illustrated below in her past tweet about Justice Scalia.
U.S. District Judge Martha Pacold is another Chicago-based judge that has previously been mentioned by Trump for a possible Supreme Court nomination although sources close to the President are indicating Barrett is the more likely candidate.
Barrett spent most of her career as a law professor at Notre Dame Law School in Indiana, home state of Vice President Mike Pence. She graduated Rhodes College in 1994 and Notre Dame Law School in 1997. She worked for a week on Bush v. Gore, doing research and briefing for a firm that represented George W. Bush.
Her judicial career began in May 2017, when Trump picked her for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, where she now sits. The Senate confirmed her for the position in October 2017. Now in her late 40s, she could remain on the Supreme Court for decades if confirmed.
Earlier this month Barrett joined two of her colleagues, Judges Diane Wood and Amy St. Eve, in shooting down a challenge brought by Illinois’ Republican Party against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders. The GOP challenged an exception Pritzker carved into his orders for the exercise of religion, insisting it was unconstitutional for Pritzker to not offer the same exception to other types of speech.