President Trump's 19th List of Supreme Court Nominees

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Posted: Feb 11, 2019 1:30 PM
President Trump's 19th List of Supreme Court Nominees

Source: Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool

This past January, President Trump released a new list of possible Supreme Court nominees. This is his 19th list of possible nominees since his inauguration. The list was comprised of six possible justices.

  • Greg G. Guidry is currently a Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court, where he's served since 2009. The President has considered him to serve as the District Judge on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • James Wesley Hendrix currently serves as an Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas. He is Chief of the office's Appellate Division, a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and Chairperson of the Nationwide Appellate Chiefs Workings Group. Trump is considering him to serve as the District Judge of Texas' Northern District.
  • Sean D. Jordan is a partner in the Texas office of Jackson Walker L.L.P. and Co-Chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group. Trump is considering him to serve as the District Judge for Texas' Eastern District.
  • Michael T. Liburdi is a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P.. He serves as Chair of the Phoenix Litigation Practice. He is currently under consideration to serve as District Judge on the US District Court for the District of Arizona.
  • Mark T. Pittman is a Justice on Texas' Second Court of Appeals, where he has served since 2017. Trump is considering him as District Judge on the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
  • Peter D. Welte is a shareholder in the Vogel Law Firm, where his practice focuses primarily on criminal defense and agriculture law. He is under consideration as the District Judge of North Dakota.

Two of President Trump's nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have successfully made it to the Supreme Court. One of Gorsuch's cases of note was Peruta v. San Diego County, where he supported upholding California gun control laws. Kavanaugh, who was subject to a number of sexual assault allegations before he was sworn in, has handled cases mainly involving abortion, in which he helped stop the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Louisiana and Kansas. More recently, however, he and Gorsuch dissented in a ruling against Louisiana's abortion law. Kavanaugh argued the court ruled prematurely.