President Donald Trump has nominated DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, he will take the seat occupied by retiring Judge Anthony Kennedy, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed in 1988.
Nominating justices to the Supreme Court is a huge issue. Presidents can nominate justices that will potentially have impact on court decisions for decades, allowing those presidents to have a say in policy long after their administrations have ended. President Trump's nomination and the subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch was a huge victory for Republicans, and Trump now has the opportunity to cement his judicial legacy further with the nomination of Kavanaugh, the second nomination in just the first 18 months of Trump's presidency.
The information graphic below illustrates this point by showing the presidents since 1906 and the justices that were confirmed to the court during their respective administrations. Due to this lengthy timeline, some structural choices had to be made to make the graphic more readable. The image below is only a preview of the beginning of the infographic. In order to examine the entire graphic, please click the image or the text below to enlarge.
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