WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
With a half-dozen or more major cases and the ideological tilt of the court in the balance, Obama said he pIanned “to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time.”
On the short list for a successor is Kansan, Sri Srinivasan.
Srinivasan’s family emigrated from India to Lawrence in the 1960s. Srinivasan graduated from Stanford in 1989, he then went onto Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business graduating in 1995.
He has served under Democratic and Republican administrations and was a law clerk to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He has also taught at Harvard Law School.
In 2013, Srinivasan was confirmed by the Senate 97-0 to become a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.