Supreme Court Nomination Short List
Samuel Alito Jr 

Age: 55

Education:
Princeton University, B.A, 1972
Yale Law School, J.D., 1975

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on February 20, 1990. Confirmed by the Senate on April 27, 1990, and received commission on April 30, 1990.

Professional Career:
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1987-1990

Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1985-1987
Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981-1985
Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977-1981
Law Clerk, Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1976-1977

Janice Rogers Brown

Age: 56

Education:
Cal State - Sacramento, B.A, 1974
UCLA Law School, J.D., 1977
University of Virginia, LL.M., 2004

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush in 2003. Confirmed by the
Senate on June 8, 2005 by a vote of 56-43.

Professional Career:
Justice, California Supreme Court, 1996 - 2005
Associate Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, 1994-1996
Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Pete Wilson, 1991-1994
Associate, Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, 1990-1991
Dpty Secretary & General Counsel, Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, 1987-1990
Deputy Attorney General, CA Attorney General's Office, 1979-1987

Edith Brown Clement

Age: 57

Education:
University of Alabama, B.A, 1969
Tulane University, J.D., 1972

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001. Confirmed
by the Senate 99-0 on November 13, 2001

Professional Career:
Law Clerk to Hon. H. W. Christenberry U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre Associate & Partner

Miguel Estrada

Age: 44

Education:
Columbia College, B.A, 1983
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986

Federal Judicial Service:
None
**Nominated in 2000 by President George W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. Estrada
withdrew his nomination on September 4, 2003 after seven failed cloture votes.

Professional Career:
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, 2000-present
Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1992-1997
Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1992
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Sthrn District of New York, 1990-1992
Clerk, Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court, 1988-1989
Clerk, Honorable Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1986-1987

Emilio Garza

Age: 58

Education:
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1969
University of Notre Dame, M.A., 1970
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1976

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 11, 1991. Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 1991, and received commission on May 30, 1991.

U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1988. Confirmed by the Senate on April 19, 1988, and received commission on April 20, 1988.

Professional Career:
Judge, 225th District Court, Bexar County, Texas, 1987-1988
Private practice, San Antonio, Texas, 1976-1987
U.S. Marine Corps Captain, 1970-1973

Alberto Gonzales

Age: 49

Education:
United States Air Force Academy, 1975-1977
Rice University, B.A., 1979
Harvard Law School, 1982

Federal Judicial Service:
None.

Professional Career:
Attorney General of the United States, 2005 - present
White House Counsel to President George W. Bush, 2001-2005
Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1999-2001
Texas Secretary of State, 1997-1999
General Counsel to Governor George W. Bush, 1995-1996
Partner, Vincent & Elkins, Houston, TX 1982-1994
United States Air Force, 1973-1975

Edith Jones

Age: 56

Education:
Cornell University, B.A., 1971
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1974

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 27, 1985. Confirmed
by the Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission on April 4, 1985.

Professional Career:
Private practice, Houston, Texas, 1974-1985

J. Michael Luttig 

Age: 51

Education:
Washington & Lee University, B.A., 1976
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 23, 1991. Confirmed by the Senate on July 26, 1991, and received commission on August 2, 1991.

Professional Career:
Counselor to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1990-1991
Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1990-1991
Principal Dpty Asst Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1989-1990
Private practice, Washington, DC, 1985-1989
Special Assistant to the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of United States, 1984-1985
Clerk, Chief Justice Warren Burger, Supreme Court of the United States, 1983-1984
Clerk, Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1982-1983
Assistant Counsel, Office of the President of the United States, 1981-1982

Michael W. McConnell

Age: 50

Education:
Michigan State University, B.A., 1976
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1979

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001. Confirmed
by the Senate on November 15, 2002, and received commission on November 26, 2002.

Professional Career:
Professor, University of Utah College of Law, 1997-2002
Professor, University of Chicago Law School, 1985-1996
Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1983-1985
Assistant General Counsel, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1983
Clerk, Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Supreme Court of the United States, 1980-1981
Clerk, Hon. J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1979-1980

J. Harvie Wilkinson III

Age: 61

Education:
Yale University, B.A., 1967
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1972

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on January 30, 1984, to a seat vacated by John Decker Butzner, Jr.; Confirmed by the Senate on August 9, 1984, and received commission on August 13, 1984. Served as chief judge, 1996-2003.

Professional Career:
Professor, University of Virginia School of Law, 1983
Dpty Asst. U.S. Attorney General, Civil Rights Div, U.S. Department of Justice, 1982-1983
Editorial Page Editor, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 1978-1981
Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Law, 1973-1978
Clerk, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Supreme Court of the United States, 1972-1973
Republican Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, 1970
U.S. Army, 1968-1969

Karen Williams

Age: 54

Education:
Columbia College, B.A., 1972
University of South Carolina Law Center, J.D., 1980

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on January 27, 1992, to a seat vacated by Robert Foster Chapman; Confirmed by the Senate on February 27, 1992, and received commission on March 2, 1992.

Professional Career:
Private practice, Orangeburg, South Carolina, 1980-1992


Others Mentioned As Possible Supreme Court Nominees:
• Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
• Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
• Ted Olson
• Priscilla Owen
• Larry Thompson

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