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Trump picks Kavanaugh to succeed Kennedy as US Supreme Court judge

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US today nominated conservative as the to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement recently.

Kavanaugh, 53, of Maryland, currently a in the for the District of Columbia Circuit, has "impeccable credentials and one of the finest legal mind of our times", Trump announced during his prime time address to the nation from the

Trump picked Justice Kavanaugh from his original list of 25 judges, from which he had said he would nominate for any vacancy in the

The nomination of Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by a historic degree of transparency, including the President's public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential nominees to the

"I am deeply honoured to fill his seat in the Supreme Court," said Judge Kavanaugh.

He has served as a judge on the for the District of since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Before becoming a judge, he served in the George W Bush administration, first as an associate and then senior associate counsel, and subsequently as to the and the staff secretary.

A graduate of and Yale School, Judge Kavanaugh clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and for judges on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Judge Kavanaugh also served as a for the under and as a at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

He has earned a reputation as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and he is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus.

Judge Kavanaugh lives in with his wife and their two daughters.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 07:05 IST