Path to the Supreme Court

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  • The first step to becoming a Justice is to be nominated by the President of the United States.
  • Many justices are recommended for nomination by different government agencies such as the Bureau of Investigation and Federal Justice Department.
  • FBI
  • However, a nominee can be borked and rejected due to their political ideology.
  • However, a nominee can be borked and rejected due to their political ideology.
  • Once the group of recommended nominations are chosen, the president then chooses the nomination he wants.
  • Congratulations! ....but we stil need Senate Confirmation.
  • A nominee’s political ideology, experience, party loyalty, and even gender and race can influence whether they are confirmed or not.
  • A way to gauge a justice's political ideology is through a litmus test which tests to see how liberal or conservative they are. (even though they are not always accurate)
  • I am a Democratic woman who has served my state for 10 years.
  • The nominee first goes to the senate judiciary committee for consideration, including vetting or “background checking” the nominee, along with a Q&A. (they can still move on to the floor w/o committee approval)
  • Once in the full senate, congressmen and women must debate on the nominee and vote. A simple majority of 51 votes calls for approval.
  • However, confirmation isn't always that simple. In some cases, a divided government can deter a confirmation.
  • It was worth the 60 days to become a justice.
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