Supreme Court Justices have the highest authority in the nation, are appointed for life, and can shift past and present cases to fit their and/or the President’s ideologies. When a seat opens for a new Supreme Court Justice, the President may propose his own pick which the Senate then votes upon. The seating of a new SCOTUS Justice extends beyond the term of the President who appointed them, therefore, new Justice decisions and appointments become one of the most lasting legacies of any President.
Due to an aging court, President Trump has a possibility of appointing a 3rd or 4th Justice. At least four Justices are over the age of 65 and the possibility of either individual retiring or dying is likely. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest Justice still serving at 85 years old. Stephen Breyer is the second oldest Justice at 80 years old. Clarence Thomas is third at 70 years old and Samuel Alito is 68 years old. We expect to see betting lines emerge at some point predicting potential retirements from the Supreme Court. Once these odds do surface, you will see them listed here.
After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch and with the Senate’s approval, Gorsuch became a Supreme Court Justice in 2017. With the retirement of SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump had the opportunity to appoint yet another Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, during his first term as President in 2018.
President Donald Trump drew from a list of 25 possible nominees for the open Justice seat, including: Amy Coney Barrett, Keith Blackwell, Charles Canady, Steven Colloton, Allison Eid, Britt Grant, Raymond Gruender, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Rayon Kethledge, Joan Larsen, Mike Lee, Thomas Lee, Edward Mansfield, Federico Moreno, Kevin Newsom, William Pryor, Margaret Ryan, David Stras, Diane Sykes, Amul Thapar, Timothy Tymkovich, Robert Young, Don Willett, and Patrick Wyrick. These names may appear again for another seat appointment if a sitting Justice dies or retires before the end of Trump’s Presidency.
If a sitting Justice’s seat is vulnerable during Trump’s administration then there will be another opportunity for the President to appoint yet another Trump loyalist.
There are no odds available at this moment for a Justice confirmation. However, we will update this information if odds appear.
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Currently, a primarily Republican Senate leads the Judiciary Committee providing a natural upper hand, which allows the raw exercise of political power. Their hopes are to ensure a conservative stronghold in the Supreme Court. Since the Supreme Court has recently become an active imposer of moral and political standings by dabbling in matters much more extensive than traditionally taken upon by the Court, the overreach has attracted public attention from the media and concerned citizens.
However, it is extremely common and natural for both parties, Republicans and Democrats, to battle one another to ensure their leanings, ideals, and ethics are properly represented and sympathized with by a Justice who appeals to their beliefs and political party.