Among several potential nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday, is California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
While it remains unclear whether or not President Obama will be able to nominate a new justice before his terms ends, both Republican and Democrat leaders have already begun weighing in on potential nominees.
Harris has popped up on several potential nominee lists from the New York Times to the Associated Press and USA Today. Former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod even mentioned the possibility of a Harris nomination on a weekend news show.
Harris was born in Oakland, attended UC Hastings in San Francisco, and served as San Francisco’s district attorney from 1998 to 2000. In 2011, she became the first African-American, Asian-American and woman to hold the post of California attorney general. Harris is currently running a campaign to replace U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring at the end of the year.
While Harris has brushed aside any Supreme Court speculation, questions about the issue will undoubtedly follow her during her campaign for senate.
If approved, Kamala would be the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Also on the list of potential nominees are New Jersey senator Cory Booker and Merrick B. Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.