Arizona judge on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks

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Judge Bridget Bade during her Senate confirmation hearing in 2019. Screenshot via CSPAN

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who hails from Arizona is on the list of prospective U.S. Supreme Court justices that President Donald Trump could choose from if he wins a second term in November.

The list of 20 potential Supreme Court appointees that Trump released on Wednesday included Bridget Bade, an Arizona judge whom he appointed to the 9th Circuit in 2019 to replace the retiring Judge Barry Silverman. The U.S. Senate confirmed her on a 78-21 vote, with both of Arizona’s senators, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, voting to confirm.

Prior to joining the 9th Circuit, Bade was a U.S. magistrate judge in Arizona from 2012-2019, and she served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 2006-2012. She’s an Arizona native, and received both her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Arizona State University.

Another name on the list that may be familiar to Arizonans is Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general who served President George W. Bush. Clement represented Arizona in a pair of high-profile cases at the Supreme Court — the state’s defense of the controversial illegal immigration law SB1070 and the legislature’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Trump’s list of potential appointees to the nation’s highest court included a handful of prominent names, including U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Josh Hawley, of Missouri.

The president released a similar list of prospective justices during his 2016 campaign, which helped allay concerns among Republicans who questioned his conservative bonafides and rally support among those in the GOP who were uncomfortable with him as their party’s nominee.

Jeremy Duda
Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”