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Written by Carla Saskia Sanchez
Not long after the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, speculation about President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee has begun. Although there are several potential candidates for the position, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has hinted that Republican Brian Sandoval may be a potential nominee. The Washington Post has also reported that Sandoval is being considered for the nation’s highest court.
A California-born attorney of Mexican descent, Sandoval is the current Governor of the State of Nevada. He has served as judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, appointed by George W. Bush in 2005. Sandoval can be classified as a centrist – which could bring balance to the SCOTUS after the loss of a strong conservative.
Sandoval has a strong record of taking a moderate position on the issues. For his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Sandoval declared he is pro-choice, but to a certain extent – he opposes “late term abortion and federal funding for abortion.” He is also pro-gun. As Governor, Sandoval has not acted against the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act across Nevada. And on immigration, he has allowed non-citizens to obtain teaching certification (due a lack of teachers in the state in the past year) and permits the issuing of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
It appears Sandoval is well-rounded candidate for the coveted empty seat on the Supreme Court. He would be the first justice to not graduate from an Ivy League university (Ohio State), giving hope to many state college law students.
UPDATE: As of February 25, 2016, Sandoval has announced to the White House that he “does not wish” to be considered for the SCOTUS nomination at this time.