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Trump's "list" of potential Supreme Court nominees likely includes Iowans

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After the announced resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, widely regarded as a pivotal swing vote between liberal and conservative justices on the bench, attention is quickly turning to the potential picks President Trump could make to replace him.

At the White House Wednesday, the President said he was looking at the same names as he did last year when he nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch. Among those names is Federal Judge Steven Colloton of Iowa. Judge Colloton currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. The 55-year-old has served in that role since 2003, when he was nominated by then President George W. Bush. In 15 years of service to the Federal Court, Colloton has authored more than 600 majority opinions, according to SCOTUSblog.

Analysts say Colloton has a clear record of taking a conservative view of federal law. But he also has moderated on his findings, including support for campaign-finance regulations. He has also not provided a strong view of his interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, one of the most hot-button issues in America.

Colloton has decided just a handful of cases regarding abortion, but his writings show he tends to side with conservative opponents on the matter.

Also on the short list is a member of the Iowa Supreme Court, Edward Mansfield. The 61-year-old Justice was appointed by Governor Branstad in 2011, after voters removed three members of Iowa's highest court for unanimously legalizing gay marriage in Iowa back in 2009. Recently, Mansfield authored the majority opinion allowing cities like Cedar Rapids to operate traffic enforcement cameras.

A third name on President Trump's list is Joan Larsen of Michigan. Larsen, who serves on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Waterloo native.


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