President Trump nominated his pick to fill the appeals court vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
A White House statement on Monday announced that the nomination of Thomas Kirsch II, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, was sent to the Senate for consideration. “Thomas L. Kirsch II, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, vice Amy Coney Barrett, elevated,” the statement said.
The White House announced that Kirsch, an Indiana University and Harvard Law graduate, was Trump’s pick for the vacancy weeks ago, but the notice on Monday now puts Kirsch’s future in the hands of the Senate. Republicans currently hold a slight majority in the upper chamber of Congress, but runoffs in Georgia leave the balance of power in the upper chamber uncertain next year.
After graduating from Harvard Law, Kirsch worked as a law clerk for Judge John Tinder in the U.S. District Court