President Trump has put together a list of qualified constitutionalism to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Of the 25 potential Justices on the list, five are women. Currently, the only femme energy on the court comes from liberal women, two of which were appointed under President Obama. Republicans must not forget the first woman on the Court was in fact a conservative appointed by President Reagan. Now is the time for another conservative woman to take the stand. Here is a rundown of the conservative women in the running for a Supreme Court spot.
Amy Coney Barrett
Barrett currently serves on the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, she was appointed to this position by President Trump just over a year ago. Before joining the court, Barrett taught law at Notre Dame University where she is an alumnus. Barrett also served as a clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was known for his strong conservative ideology.
Barrett has already proved to be able to garner bipartisan support. In her confirmation vote to sit on the appellate court, Barrett received full Republican support and the support of three Democrats; Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Experts predict Barrett is one of Trump’s top picks; at only 46 years old, she could have a significant lasting impact on the Court.
Eid currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Previously, she has served as Solicitor General of Colorado. Eid has also served on the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2008, 75 percent of Colorado voters voted to retain Eid’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner expressed his desire to see Eid on the Supreme Court just days after Justice Kennedy’s retirement was announced. Gardner also expressed plans to submit a letter to the president urging Eid to be President Trump’s nominee.
Larsen currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where she was editor of the Northwestern Law Review. Like Barrett, Larsen served as a clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Larsen is a member of the Federalist Society and served in the Bush administration’s Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Later, Larsen served on the Michigan Supreme Court. When she was up for reelection in 2016, Larsen received endorsements from The Detroit News, the Michigan Farm Bureau, and the Fraternal Order of Police. She was re-elected with 58 percent of the vote.
Ryan currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Ryan is a true military gal, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School she served active duty with the U.S. Marine Core. As an active duty judge advocate from 1995-1999, Ryan served deployment tours in the Philippines during a coup attempt and Saudi Arabia during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Ryan is known for arguing for a limited jurisdiction for the Courts. In several cases, including the controversial case dealing with Chelsea Manning, Ryan has ruled that the court in which she serves on does not have jurisdiction to overrule military judges. This aligns with the ideology of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom Ryan served as a clerk under.
Sykes currently serves alongside Barrett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a former justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In between obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University and her law degree from Marquette University Law School, Sykes was a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal.