If that stance holds, the next Justice would be chosen by the winner of the 2016 presidential election.
After previously pledging to release a list of judges that he would consider to fill Scalia’s seat, the Trump campaign gave the Associated Press a list of eleven names today.
Among them is Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania.
Judge Hardiman serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed in 2007 by a vote of 95-0 in the Senate (PA’s two Senators at the time, Bob Casey and Arlen Specter, both voted for Hardiman).
Before that Hardiman served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Pres. Bush chose him for that position as well in 2003 and he was confirmed by voice vote in the Senate.
Hardiman is fifty years old and a resident of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Notre Dame and Georgetown Law School.