The White House has confirmed at least one name on President Joe Biden’s shortlist of candidates to replace outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
According to Fox News, Biden is said to be considering South Carolina District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs for a role on the Supreme Court bench.
The news was confirmed Friday by Biden’s deputy press secretary, Andrew Bates, who noted that Childs was also in the process of being confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Childs was set to appear in Washington for a hearing on her confirmation Tuesday, but reports indicate that the Biden administration has postponed her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing — a clear sign that Childs is being seriously considered for the SCOTUS role.
“Judge Childs is among multiple individuals under consideration for the Supreme Court, and we are not going to move her nomination on the Court of Appeals while the president is considering her for this vacancy,” Bates said Friday, according to Fox.
“At the same time, reporting indicating that the president is only seriously considering three potential nominees is incorrect,” he added.
“It’s long overdue”
Speaking Thursday, Biden reaffirmed his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court if given the opportunity.
“I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” Biden said last week. “It’s long overdue, in my view.”
Childs, for her part, certainly fits that bill. Originally from Michigan, the 55-year-old is an experienced state and federal trial judge who has degrees from schools in both South Carolina and Florida, according to The Washington Post.
She also has the support of Democrats including South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who said he expects even some members of the GOP may back her nomination to the nation’s highest court.
“I don’t have anything against the seven or eight names that I have been floated as possibilities, [they’re] all great people,” Clyburn said last week, according to Fox. “The fact of the matter is, I have been discussing Michelle Childs with the president and his people now for, I guess at least 13 months now.”
Others Biden is said to be considering include Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was selected by the president to fill the circuit court slot vacated by now-Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Judge Leondra Kruger, who currently sits on the California Supreme Court. Biden is expected to announce his pick in the coming weeks.