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Candidates to replace Justice John Paul Stevens

The White House is searching for a replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens. The list includes some of those President Obama considered last year, when he chose Sonia Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York. At this point, White House aides, Democrats familiar with the process inside the administration and legal experts consider 6 candidates in the lead while others still bear watching.
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Year born: 1957
Education: Santa Clara University, J.D. University of Virginia School of Law

The former Arizona governor was one of three runners-up Obama interviewed for the nomination Sotomayor received (Kagan and Wood were the others). Napolitano was born in New York, but raised in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, and she was educated at Santa Clara University and University of Virginia law school. She was Arizona's U.S. attorney before being elected attorney general, and was elected twice as governor before joining the Obama administration.

Experience: Homeland Security Secretary, Former Governor of Arizona, Former Arizona Attorney General

Timeline of Napolitano's life

Nov. 29, 1957

Born in New York City.


Graduates with B.S. in political science from the University of California at Santa Clara.


Receives her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Clerks for Judge Mary Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


Joins the law firm Lewis & Roca as an associate, specializing in commercial and appellate litigation; became a partner in 1989.


Serves as U.S. Attorney for the district of Arizona.


Returns to Lewis & Roca.


Elected Attorney General for the state of Arizona.


Elected governor of Arizona.

2009 - present

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

TIMELINE SOURCES: Staff Reports, WhoRunsGov; GRAPHIC: Robert Barnes, Amy Goldstein and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post
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