Report: Clyburn Floating South Carolina Judge For Future SCOTUS Vacancy

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Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the high-ranking House Democrat credited with resurrecting Joe Biden’s trailing 2020 presidential campaign in the South Carolina primary, reportedly held a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris this month to float a South Carolina judge for the Supreme Court.

The New York Times, citing a Democrat briefed on the conversation, reports that Clyburn floated the idea of nominating District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs, 54, should a Supreme Court vacancy open up soon. A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Childs was reportedly the first black woman to be made partner at a major firm in the state, and has previously served as a top official in the South Carolina labor department.

Childs also worked on the South Carolina workers’ compensation board for several years, then as a circuit court judge, before then-President Barack Obama nominated her to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in 2010.

“She is the kind of person who has the sort of experiences that would make her a good addition to the Supreme Court,” Clyburn reportedly said.

While the Supreme Court doesn’t have any vacancies, Justice Stephen Breyer, who was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, is currently 82-years-old, and many Democrats hope he will retire under the Biden administration. Doing so would allow Biden to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court, which he promised he would do while on the campaign trail.

Although Clyburn has allegedly been floating Childs, the names of others have circulated among Democrats as well.

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