Donald Trump declared Saturday evening at a campaign rally in North Carolina, that he intends to nominate a woman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Said to be at the top of the list of candidates is Amy Coney Barrett, a little known judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago.
Barrett has just under three years of experience on the bench, having been appointed by Trump in 2017. Previously she taught law for 15 years at the University of Notre Dame. Barrett, a devout Catholic who is fervently anti-abortion, is considered to be a jurist in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia who fulfills nearly all criteria on conservatives’ wish list.
If elevated to the Supreme Court, Barrett, 48 years old, could hold the lifetime seat for decades.