Who’s On The Short List


Some possible Supreme Court nominees if Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist steps down:

  • James Harvie Wilkinson III, appointed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., by President Reagan in 1984. He has built a solidly conservative record.
  • Larry Thompson, deputy attorney general and the Bush administration’s highest-ranking black law-enforcement official until he quit in 2003. He is general counsel at PepsiCo.
  • John Roberts, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 2003 and former Rehnquist clerk.
  • Michael McConnell, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A respected conservative legal scholar, he enjoys bipartisan support in the academic community.
  • J. Michael Luttig, a Texas native who worked in the Justice Department during the first Bush administration. He was named to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991.
  • Samuel Alito Jr., a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He is nicknamed “Scalito” because he has views like Scalia.
  • Edith Jones, a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and former general counsel for the Texas Republican Party.
  • Emilio Miller Garza, a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Bush’s father considered the Hispanic judge a Supreme Court prospect.
  • Theodore B. Olson, Bush’s solicitor general until last summer. He represented Bush in the 2000 Bush v. Gore case at the Supreme Court.