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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 three candidates in the lead while others still bear watching.
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Year born: 1955
Education: Yale University, J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
The Democrat from Rhode Island is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a graduate of Yale and the University of Virginia Law School. He was the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island and state Attorney General before his election to the Senate in 2006. He has the same downside as Klobucher: his successor would be named by Republican Gov. Donald L. Carcieri.
Experience: Senator, Former Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General, Former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, Former Rhode Island Attorney General