Merrick Garland, Chief judge, U.S Court for Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit

     •Considered a moderate, his court handles many cases involving administration actions.

Patricia Millett, U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

     •Obama nominated Millett in 2013. She had experience in the U.S Solicitor General’s office, arguing before the Supreme Court. 

Sri Srinivasan, U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 

     •Born in India. Clerked for Republican former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Confirmed unanimously less than three years ago.

Paul Watford, U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 

     •Watford was a law clerk to Ginsburg, and worked as a federal prosecutor before appointment. An African-American, Watford was confirmed 61-34 in 2012.

Jane Kelly, U.S Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

     •A former public defender, she’s earned praise from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who has urged delay until after the election. 

Jacqueline Nguyen, U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

     •Would by the first Asian-American on the Court. Worked as an assistant U.S attorney and a judge in California. 

Robert Wilkins, U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

     •Chemical engineer by training, was a public defender before appointment. Known for his involvement in civil rights issues. 


Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security Secretary 

     •Was Pentagon general counsel and a federal prosecutor. But Republicans loathe Obama’s executive actions his department put forward. 

Loretta Lynch, Attorney General 

     •Receive relatively well by both parties. Was a prosecutor and U.S attorney for a key district in Brooklyn. Her role in the administration could prove divisive. 


Kamala Harris, California Attorney General

     •Elected in 2010, Harris is a longtime prosecutor and rising Democratic star. She’s currently running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Orin Hatch, Senator, Utah

     •Hatch is more moderate than many others a Republican might choose. He is also a key holdout in getting approval for Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

Amy Klobuchar, Senator, Minnesota

     •Klobuchar, in her second Senate term, is a former prosecutor and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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