CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — On Monday, President Trump said he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court by the end of the week. This means the announcement would come before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is laid to rest. The president confirmed that among the top contenders are Indiana’s Amy Coney Barrett and Florida’s Barbara Lagoa, both appellate court judges he appointed.
Amy Coney Barrett has long been a favorite among conservatives. The New Orleans native, 48, is a graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, she clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. As an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C., she litigated constitutional, criminal, and commercial cases in both trial and appellate courts. Judge Barrett is married with seven children.
Barbara Lagoa, 52, is a Cuban-American native of Miami. She’s a graduate of Florida International University and Columbia University, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Judge Lagoa serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District. Judge Lagoa is fluent in English and Spanish. She’s married with three children.
These are just two of President Trump’s possible choices. In addition to nominating a woman, he’s also said he prefers someone younger who could hold the seat for decades.