Minnesota justice on trump list
Donald Trump put Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras on a list of 11 judges he would consider to fill the seat of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia if he is elected.
Trump said that the list represented "the kind of constitutional principles I value."
The list consisted of six federal appeals court judges and five state Supreme Court justices, including Stras. All were appointed by Republicans and all are white. Eight are men.
The release of the list was seen as a way to win over conservatives concerned that Trump would not appoint a conservative to the court.
Stras, 42, has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2010, when he was appointed by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican. Stras was a law school professor at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a reputation for his legal scholarship.
Through a court spokesman, Stras declined to comment and said that he had been unaware of the list until it was reported in the media.