Dem Senator: Jordan bows out of consideration for court

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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator says Adalberto Jordan does not want to be considered for the Supreme Court vacancy.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida spoke with Jordan, who told the lawmaker that he is not interested in being a candidate for the court opening. Ryan Brown, a spokesman for Nelson, confirmed the conversation on Wednesday that was first reported by CNN.

President Barack Obama is considering a number of candidates to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Jordan is a federal appeals court judge twice confirmed by the Senate.

Jordan, who goes by "Bert," has served as a federal prosecutor, a U.S. district judge appointed by President Bill Clinton and a member of the generally conservative 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2012 — the first Cuban-American to do so.