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On Monday, political outsider and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy released his hand-picked list of judges, scholars, and conservative intellectuals whom he intends to appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals as president.

“President Biden’s focus on judicial appointments appeared to be on diversity of race & gender. While I drew from diverse experiences – current and former federal judges, a former Solicitor General, two U.S. Senators – my sole criterion was to select candidates with an unwavering commitment to an originalist understanding of the U.S. Constitution, who also understand the unique threats to liberty in the 21st century (including lurking state action),” said Vivek Ramaswamy. “Our courts remain the last line of defense against the overreach and weaponization of government. As President, I will appoint judges who will protect the integrity of our constitutional Republic.”

This list was not drawn from personal recommendations or backroom deals. I have not personally met most individuals on this list, but I will take time to meet them over the next year. This list was produced through a robust process over several months with input from multiple outside groups and a rigorous internal review focusing on reviewing judicial decisions and other writings to ensure clear commitments to the letter of the U.S. Constitution.

Vivek Ramaswamy’s List of U.S. Supreme Court Candidates

James Ho, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

  • Authored lower court’s opinion in Dobbs, which the Supreme Court later followed.
  • Rejected lockdowns, closing churches during the pandemic in Spell v. Edwards.

Lawrence Van Dyke, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Lisa Branch, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

Justin Walker, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

John Bush, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Paul Clement, Former U.S. Solicitor General

Mike Lee, U.S. Senator, Utah

Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator, Texas


Vivek Ramaswamy’s List of U.S. Appellate Court Candidates


Sarah Pitlyk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Kathryn Mizelle, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Martha Pacold, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Matthew Kacsmaryk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Brantley Starr, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Stephen Alexander Vaden, U.S. Court of International Trade

Ryan Holte, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Author: Press Release


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