Today, President Donald Trump met with Senate leaders to discuss his Supreme Court nominee. Sources have said the announcement could come next week.
On the campaign trail, the President announced a list of possible Supreme Court picks. We’re now hearing that he has pared that list down to a few names. Here’s a look at those being called the front runners.
Judge Neil Gorsuch is seated on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado. Gorsuch is strong on religious freedom and has ruled in favor of our first freedoms, especially when it comes to the HHS mandate in Obamacare.
At 49 years old, Gorsuch would be one of the youngest picks in the last 25 years. He has agreed with Justice Antonin Scalia’s rulings in several cases and once said during a speech that “Scalia’s career was to remind us of the difference between judges and legislators.”
He attended Harvard and has a Ph.D. from Oxford. He’s considered an originalist – meaning he believes the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founders intended, rather than a “living document” the court can change.
Judge William Pryor sits on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has called the Roe v. Wade decision “an abomination” and is an originalist.
About himself, Pryor has said, “I am a conservative, and I believe in the strict separation of governmental powers. Courts should not resolve political problems.”
Pryor has been criticized for three opinions that are perceived to have expanded special rights for people who say they are transgender.
Judge Diane Sykes is a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago. Sykes received her law degree from Marquette University, spent two years at Harvard Law and one at Columbia. She’s also a member of the Federalist Society.
Sykes has been called a “moderate conservative.” She once sentenced a group of pro-life protesters to jail and also ruled against an Indiana law to defund Planned Parenthood. Some conservatives are calling on the administration to remove her from the list.