President Obama announced the honorable Merrick B. Garland as his nominee for the Supreme Court Wednesday. Garland is currently the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a post he has held since 1997.
Prior to the announcement, the White House created a Twitter account to introduce and make the case for the new nominee; during the announcement, staff live-tweeted POTUS’s speech, using the hashtag #SCOTUSnominee.
Garland hails from Obama’s former city of Chicago, attended Harvard Law, and was a former prosecutor. He’s also worked on some of the most important federal criminal cases of recent years, including the prosecutions of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the Oklahoma City bombing and the government’s response to the Unabomber.
Garland has been hailed as a diplomatic choice on Obama’s part, since his mild-mannered, middle-of-the-road approach to politics would placate Republicans after the departure of a conservative justice. At 63, Garland will also be the oldest nominee for the Supreme Court since 1971.
You can watch President’s Obama’s full statement nominating Merrick Garland, below.