President Donald Trump on Monday introduced Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Trump made the announcement on Monday at the White House where he was joined by Kavanaugh, 53, and his family.
The president praised his nominee as a judge with “impeccable credentials” and said he is “considered a judge’s judge.”
“I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me,” Kavanaugh said of Trump’s remarks.
Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday night to tell him he was the pick, a White House official told NBC News.
Amy Coney Barrett of Illinois, Thomas Hardiman of Massachusetts and Ray Kethledge of Michigan were also on the president’s short list to replace the retiring justice.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would make the Supreme Court solidly conservative. He would join conservatives more often than Kennedy, who at times voted with the court’s liberals in cases raising hot-button social issues.
Democrats have 49 votes in the Senate, meaning they might need two Republicans to vote with them to stop a Trump nominee.