Are Trump’s Supreme Court Picks Conservative?

Trump’s Supreme Court Picks – Conservative or Progressive?

Last week, Trump’s Supreme Court picks list was made public. All together, Trump selected 6 Federal Appeals Court judges and 5 State Supreme Court judges for his list. Trump indicated that he might consider additional judges in the future to those already on his current list.  If he did, Trump indicated they would follow the same philosophy as those currently on the list. The question conservative voters, the media, and others are asking is simple: “Are Trump’s Supreme Court picks conservative, progressive, or both?  Let’s look at these potential Supreme Court justices in more detail now …

Trump’s Supreme Court Picks – How Do They Stack Up?

Here’s a quick overview of all 11 Supreme Court picks on Trump’s list of potential nominees.  They are in alphabetical order for convenience:

Judge Steven Colloton – from the State of Iowa. Judge on the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 53 years old. Graduate of  Princeton and Yale Law School. Voted against Affordable Care Act birth control mandate.

Justice Allison Eid – from the State of Colorado. Associate Justice of the Colorado State Supreme Court. 51 years old. Graduate of Stanford and University of Chicago Law School. Voted that the University of Colorado’s policy to ban students from carrying handguns was unlawful.  Wrote the majority opinion.

Judge Raymond Gruender – from the State of Missouri. Judge on the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 52 years old.  Business and Law degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.  Wrote important majority decision that it was not sex discrimination for an employer to exclude birth control in employee health insurance. Worked on Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign.

Judge Thomas Hardiman – from the State of Pennsylvania. Judge on the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. 50 years old. Graduate of Notre Dame and Georgetown University Law Center. Wrote majority opinion (later affirmed by Supreme Court) that strip-searching all detainee’s in a jail was not a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Judge Raymond Kethledge – from the State of Michigan. Judge on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. 49 years old.  Graduate of  University of Michigan with a B.A. and a law degree. Was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a U.S. Supreme Court clerk.  Wrote the “Opinion of the Year” against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a strange discrimination interpretation case.

Justice Joan Larsen – fr+om the State of  Michigan. Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. 47 years old. Graduated first in her class from Northwestern University School of Law.  Was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Justice Thomas Lee – from the State of Utah. Associate Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. 51 years old. Graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago Law School. Was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Authored many well known opinions. Brother of Sen. Mike Lee.

Judge William Pryor, Jr. – from the State of Louisiana. Judge on the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. 54 years old. Graduate of  the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a ​law degree from Tulane.  Wrote an opinion to uphold Georgia’s Voter ID law.  Concurred on an order to prevent Secretary of HHS from enforcing an ObamaCare birth control mandate against a Catholic TV station.

Justice David Stras – from the State of Minnesota.  Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. 41 years old. (Young!) Born on the Fourth of July. Graduate of the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Law School. Was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He takes a strict interpretation of a law.

Judge Diane Sykes – from the State of  Wisconsin. Judge on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. 58 years old. Graduate of  Northwestern University and Marquette University Law School.  Charlie Sykes, a well known conservative Talk Radio Host in Wisconsin, is her former husband. She upheld Wisconsin’s Voter ID law.

Justice Don Willett – from the State of Texas. Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. 49 years old. Graduate of Baylor University with a triple major BBA and a JD with Honors. He also holds an A.M. (Master of Arts degree) from Duke University. Was Domestic Policy & Special Projects Adviser to the Bush-Cheney 2000 Presidential Campaign and Transition Team.

Some Conclusions

  • All of Trump’s Supreme Court picks appear to be conservative.
  • All have some association with The Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian group that believes the State exists to preserve freedom.  The Federalist Society believes that the judiciary should interpret laws and not make laws.
  • Trump’s Supreme Court picks are more geographically diverse and probably more representative of the American people’s values than prior progressive appointments to the Supreme Court such as Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • The average age of judges on the list is 50 years old. Assuming a typical lifetime appointment, these judges might be on the Supreme Court for 30 years or more.
  • Assuming the next president appoints the replacements for Justices Scalia, Kennedy (81), Ginsburg (84), Breyer (79), the next president can give the Supreme Court a conservative super-majority that will last a generation and a half (until the year 2050) and even beyond.
  • This is without a doubt a truly historic and critical presidential election, an election not seen since 1896.

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