Trump's list of 21 includes three women and several candidates who are judges on state courts.
John Sims, a constitutional law professor at McGeorge School of Law, says the list breaks from tradition and is consistent with what Trump has said he wants.
"They are not like in general the current members of the Supreme Court," Sims says. "The current members of the Supreme Court are all from Harvard and Yale and they come, they all were federal appellate judges except for Justice (Elena) Kagan, who had served as dean of Harvard Law School."
According to the Washington Post, no president has ever taken office with a vacancy on the court. And the last time a presidential nominee for the court was confirmed by a Senate controlled by the opposing party was 1888.
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