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Texas' 'Tweeting Justice' on list of Trump's potential SCOTUS picks

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (Source: KLTV Staff) Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (Source: KLTV Staff)

The Texas Supreme Court Justice known as the 'Tweeting Justice' has landed on the list of Donald Trump's potential picks for the United States Supreme Court. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee released the list on Wednesday.

The highest court in the country remains with an open seat following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia at a West Texas ranch in February.

“Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice," Trump said. "He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. The following list of potential Supreme Court justices is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.”

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett has been on the highest court in Texas since 2005 after being appointed by then-Gov. Rick Perry. Willett previously served as deputy attorney general to Greg Abbott. He has also served as deputy assistant attorney general for legal policy at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Willett was an adviser to the 2000 Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign and Transition Team.

He and the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments on a case at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2015.

Other names on Mr. Trump's list include: Federal Appeals Judge Steven Colloton of Iowa, Associate Justice Allison Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court, Federal Appeals Judge Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Federal Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Federal Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Associate Justice Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court, Associate Thomas Lee of the Utah Supreme Court, Federal Appeals Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. of Alabama, Associate Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Federal Appeals Judge Diane Sykes of Wisconsin.

'The Tweeting Justice'

The justice is known for his unique opinions and his take on social media which has left him with the name of the 'Tweeting Justice.' Here's an example of a tweet from the justice Wednesday morning:

He has not been silent on the election either, posting social media about the candidates. During the NCAA Basketball tournament, the Texas Supreme Court Justice tweeted about Trump University that was in headlines at the time.

Justice Willett himself likely did not envision Wednesday's announcement when tweeting the following in June 2015:

Seeing a Texan in the nation's highest court is a long shot -- President Barack Obama has already nominated Merrick Garland to replace Scalia. However if Garland is not confirmed and Trump were to win in November, a Texan could be in the mix.

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