Colorado justice rumored as possible nominee to U.S. Supreme Court
DENVER ” Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis said she is “humbled” that her name is being mentioned as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, but said Wednesday that he hasn’t heard from the White House.
Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar said he met with President Bush and GOP Sen. Wayne Allard said he’s sent Bush letters and messages from Colorado’s elected officials and legal community asking that Kourlis be considered to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The senators confirmed their communication with the White House a day before Chief Justice William Rehnquist was hospitalized with a fever, sparking speculation that the 33-year court veteran might retire.
In a statement to Denver station KCNC-TV, Kourlis said: “I am humbled and honored by the fact that my name has been mentioned in this context however, I have received no communication from the White House.”
The White House has declined to comment on whether Kourlis was under consideration, a possibility first reported Tuesday by The Denver Post.
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Kourlis, a self-described moderate Republican, was appointed to the Supreme Court by former Gov. Roy Romer, a Democrat, in May 1995.
Before that, she had been a chief district judge and a water judge in northwestern Colorado. A Colorado Springs native, she earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.
Kourlis is the daughter of the late Gov. John A. Love, who served from 1962 to 1973, and is married to former state Agriculture Commissioner Tom Kourlis.