True to his promise, de facto Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has given us a list of whom he might nominate to the Supreme Court if he wins the White House.
The list is made up of mostly white men. Some are outside-the-box picks; others are more well known (including one for his social-media acumen that has not been too particularly kind to Trump):
Donald Trump haiku—
Who would the Donald
Name to #SCOTUS? The mind reels.
*weeps—can’t finish tweet* pic.twitter.com/a326AP0mN1
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) June 16, 2015
Willett is the only candidate on this list with ties to the #NeverTrump camp. But overall, this list is notable for what it’s not: Exciting. It’s full of traditional candidates, many of whom had won a place on a wish list compiled by the conservative Heritage Foundation, reports The Washington Post’s Supreme Court reporter, Robert Barnes. Five are state Supreme Court judges, and the rest serve on the level of courts just below the Supreme Court, the federal circuit courts of appeal.
Here’s a brief rundown on who made Trump’s Supreme Court short list, in alphabetical order:
Steven Colloton of Iowa
This Iowa native has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit since 2003. He has a pretty traditional law background — editor of the Yale Law Journal, clerked for Justice William H. Rehnquist in 1989 and ’90, served as a U.S. attorney and worked for an independent federal investigative agency, once headed by Ken Starr, he of Bill Clinton impeachment trial fame. President George W. Bush appointed him U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, and he rose to the appeals court in 2003.
Allison Eid of Colorado
Eid has served on Colorado’s Supreme Court for the past decade. Before that, she was the solicitor general for Colorado, which means she defended state agencies and officials in court. She’s a University of Chicago Law School grad and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed her to serve on a committee to write the history of the Supreme Court. Colorado’s Republican governor at the time, Bill Owens, then appointed her to serve on the state Supreme Court. She won reelection to the job in 2008, with 75 percent of the vote.