Ah! The SCOTUS. The one entity that can do more to change the fabric of America for at least one hundred years! Each of our Justice’s hold a position of power that can, literally, overrule any lower court and swiftly change the laws of this great land.
One of the main reasons, Republicans got out the vote in the 2016 General election is because they knew this 45th sitting President would have the privledge of nominating the Supreme Court Justices as they began to retire. The SCOTUS position is a life time appointment. Rarely, does a President have the honor of nominating up to 4 or 5 Supreme Justices in his four year term.
As we know, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch – a conservative constitutionalist. Justice Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court on April 8, 2017. And the balance of the Court shifted back as he replaced the late, great conservative, Justice Scalia.
There are now rumors swirling in D.C. that another appointment may soon be made as President Trump updated his SCOTUS list. Fox News reported: “The update comes amid ongoing rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who has served on the court for more than 20 years, is considering retirement.” If Justice Kennedy does retire the balance of the court weighs heavy on everyone’s minds.
As the Court sits now, there are 9 Justices. And currently the five justices picked by Republican President’s are: Chief Justice John Roberts. And Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy. And the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch earlier this year by President Trump. They have often voted together as a bloc, giving the court a conservative majority. H/T The Hill .
To maintain the 5 to 4 conservative majority and if Kennedy retires, then we will all be cheering when President Trump nominates another conservative Justice. The list below are the names from Trump’s list. They are hotlinked so you can check them out if you would like. Credit goes to Ballotpedia. Below is a video of the current SCOTUS and their biographies are available as well.
2017 Additions To The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS)
On November 17, 2017, President Trump announced five more names would be added to his list. A White House statement announcing the nominees stated as presented, verbatim from Ballotpedia.
Page updated November 17, 2017
The complete list of Trump nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court had the following names (listed alphabetically):
- Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Keith Blackwell, Supreme Court of Georgia
- Charles Canady, Supreme Court of Florida
- Steven Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Allison Eid, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Britt Grant, Supreme Court of Georgia
- Raymond Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- Raymond Kethledge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Joan Larsen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Mike Lee, U.S. Senator from Utah
- Thomas Lee, Supreme Court of Utah
- Edward Mansfield, Supreme Court of Iowa
- Federico Moreno, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Kevin Newsom, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Margaret Ryan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- Amul Thapar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Timothy Tymkovich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- David Stras, Supreme Court of Minnesota
- Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Don Willett, Supreme Court of Texas
- Patrick Wyrick, Supreme Court of Oklahoma
- Robert Young, Supreme Court of Michigan
As reported by Fox News, “Two of the latest candidates, Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Kevin C. Newsom, were both nominated to their current positions by Trump in May, according to the White House.
Amy Coney Barret serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and Newsom serves on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the statement said. The White House announced both nominations in May.”
Let’s keep our eyes on these two. And thank goodness neither are from the 9th Circuit. If you have the inclination, click on the links and read about how these Justice nominees can help us MAGA right into the next century!
In The Class Photo Below, From Left to Right.
First Row: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice. Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States. Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice. Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice.
Second Row: Elena Kagan, Associate Justice. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice. Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice.
To read about the current SCOTUS please click on each name HERE.
To see the 2017 Class SCOTUS Photo. Watch the video below.
To read more about our SCOTUS rulings click HERE.
This appointment could keep the Conservative majority. The balance is currently 5 to 4. Conservatives are the majority. Who would you like to see sitting on the Supreme Court to replace Kennedy should he announce his retirement? Drop a comment below and let us know your pick!
(Feature photo credit to Shutterstock Screen grab and The Atlantic, SCOTUS building)