UPDATE: Trump Has Made a Decision; White House Names 'Sherpa' to Help Supreme Court Nominee Get Confirmed

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Posted: Jul 09, 2018 2:17 PM
UPDATE: Trump Has Made a Decision; White House Names 'Sherpa' to Help Supreme Court Nominee Get Confirmed

UPDATE: President Trump has reportedly made a final decision on a nominee. Now we wait. 

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Former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl has been tapped by the White House to guide President Trump's Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation process. 

“Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday afternoon. 

A "Sherpa" prepares a nominee for their hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes escorting the individual to dozens of meetings on Capitol Hill.

Kyl served for 18 years in the Senate before retiring in 2013. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his time as a Senator, he participated in the confirmation hearings of four Supreme Court justices. This isn't the first time he's helped nominees get through the Senate. In 2017, Kyl helped prepare former Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his confirmation hearing.

Kyl currently works as a visiting fellow for the American enterprise institute and as senior of counsel for Covington & Burling, a high powered Washington D.C. law firm.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman are all in the running as final candidates. President Trump will announce his decision from the White House Monday night at 9 p.m. et.