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Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks on the floor of the Senate. Photo: C-SPAN video.

Sen. Josh Hawley as Supreme Court nominee creates buzz

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley appearing on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees continues to cause buzz across the country.

President Donald Trump released the names as health concerns grow over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

“Four years ago, I announced my first list of highly qualified candidates and promised to fill Justice Scalia’s vacant seat from among those names,” said Trump.

“And just days after my inauguration I kept that promise when I nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, and, as you know, he has been very spectacular,” said Trump.

However, the state likely won’t be in the market for a new senator any time soon. Hawley said he would decline the nomination, “The Hill” reported.

“I appreciate the president’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee,” Hawley tweeted/ “But as I told the president, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives.”

Hawley was one of three sitting GOP senators on the shortlist, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Hawley clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts after graduating from Yale Law School.

Hawley made the comments after saying in July that he would only vote to confirm nominees to the high court who believe Roe v. Wade was “wrongly decided.”

“I don’t want private assurances from candidates,” he said. “I don’t want to hear about their personal views, one way or another. I’m not looking for forecasts about how they may vote in the future or predications. I don’t want any of that. I want to see on the record, as part of their record, that they have acknowledged in some forum that Roe v. Wade, as a legal matter, is wrongly decided.”

“I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided. By explicitly acknowledged, I mean on the record and before they were nominated,” Hawley, who has not yet had the opportunity to vote on a nominee to the high court since his election in 2018, told The Washington Post.

A Hawley nomination, and confirmation, could transform the court for fifty years because of his age. Hawley, while a constitutional scholar and former State Attorney General, is 40 years old. The oldest person to serve as a Supreme Court Justice was Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., (1902-1932) who was 90 when he retired from the Court.

If Hawley were to become a Justice, the conservative Christian could potentially serve through 12 presidencies well into the closing decades of the 21st Century.

The rest of Trump’s list includes Bridget Bade, a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron; Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general; Stuart Kyle Duncan, a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Steven Engel, who heads the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice; Noel Francisco, a former solicitor general; James Ho, a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Gregory Katsas, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; Barbara Lagoa, a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Christopher Landau, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico; Carlos Muñiz, a justice on the Florida Supreme Court; Martha Pacold, a judge for the Northern District of Illinois; Peter Phipps, a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Sarah Pitlyk, a judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Allison Jones Rushing, a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Kate Todd, a deputy White House counsel; and Lawrence VanDyke, a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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