Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court for filling the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shortly after Ginsburg's death, the president announced that he would nominate a woman to fill the vacancy, which he later decided to choose Barrett.
Amy Coney Barrett is an American attorney, jurist, and academic who serves as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. President Donald Trump nominated Barrett to the Seventh Circuit on May 8, 2017, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017.
while serving on the federal bench, she has been a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught civil procedure, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation.
Barrett is widely known as a devout Catholic and is a member of a conservative Christian group called People of Praise. During her confirmation hearing in 2017, Barrett faced criticism for her strong religious values and California Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned if she could separate her religious values and her duties as a judge.
Amy Coney Barrett and her husband, Jesse, a fellow Notre Dame law school graduate, have been married since 1999, and have seven children together. According to the South Bend Tribune, two of Barrett's children were adopted from Haiti, and her youngest child was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Barrett and her family currently live in South Bend, Indiana.
Barrett has voted in both Republican and Democratic primaries. She tested positive for COVID-19 in the summer of 2020 and has since recovered. In early September 2020, Barrett joined Wood's opinion upholding the district court's denial of the Illinois Republican Party's request for a preliminary injunction to block Governor J. B. Pritzker's COVID-19 orders.
Eleven months after her confirmation to the Seventh Circuit, Barrett was added to Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees. On September 26, 2020, Trump nominated Barrett to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett gives her opening statement to the Senate during her confirmation hearing saying although she was nominated to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, no one can replace the late justice.