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Did a Coloradan make Trump’s next cut for SCOTUS?

Author: Erin Prater - July 2, 2018 - Updated: July 2, 2018

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From left: 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Allison Eid and Timothy Tymkovich, both Coloradans. (AP/University of Chicago Law School, courtesy photo)

It sure looks like it.

Colorado Politics told you last week that President Donald Trump’s list of candidates to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy reportedly includes two Coloradans: state Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, who replaced Trump’s first high court nominee — Coloradan Neil Gorsuch, confirmed last year — on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Timothy Tymkovich, also of the Tenth Circuit.

Eid and Tymkovich are two of 25 candidates — 24 judges and Utah Sen. Mike Lee — on a pre-existing list released by the White House in November, CBS News reported last week.

Trump has whittled the list down to five finalists, two of whom are women, The Washington Post reported Friday. The Associated Press reported Monday that Trump is eyeing “up to seven” candidates, including two women.

The initial list’s only two women: Eid and Indianan Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Trump plans to announce his pick July 9, a week from today. Kennedy’s last day on the court is July 31.

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Trump said he was looking for a candidate similar to Gorsuch.

“I’m very proud of Neil Gorsuch,” Trump told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo, according to The Washington Post. “He has been outstanding. His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant. I’m going to try and do something like that, but I don’t think I’m going to be so specific.”

Last week U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner sent a letter to Trump encouraging him to nominate Eid, according to a Thursday tweet from the Republican from Yuma. Gardner has known Eid since she taught at the University of Colorado Law School while he was a student there.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, would be happy to see either Coloradan nab Kennedy’s seat, according to a Monday press release.

No word from the other members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation as to their thoughts on the two.

The Washington Post and Associated Press contributed to this report.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post, MSNBC.com, Military.com and wire services.