Willett is a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, but is perhaps just as well known for his avid Twitter habit--he describes himself in his Twitter bio as "Texas' Tweeter Laureate." One of his tweets from June 2015 had a prescient haiku:
Donald Trump haiku-- / Who would the Donald / Name to #SCOTUS? / The mind reels. / *weeps--can't finish tweet*
Before joining the court, he was a deputy attorney general for the state of Texas. He also worked for then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush's administration, as well as for his 2000 presidential bid. In his youth, Willett rode bulls in the rodeo.
Diane Sykes, Wisconsin
Diane Sykes, Wisconsin: Sykes is one of the names Trump mentioned after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February as a potential replacement. She's a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and a former justice for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Sykes was once married to Wisconsin conservative radio host Charlie Sykes, a Trump detractor.
Joan Larsen, Michigan
Joan Larsen was named to the Michigan Supreme Court by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder last fall. Before that, she was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She served as the deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel from 2002-2003. After law school, she clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose vacancy she'd fill if nominated and confirmed.
David Stras, Minnesota
Stras is an associate justice for the Minnesota Supreme Court, appointed to the position by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2010. Before that, he taught at the University of Minnesota Law School, worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., and also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Allison Eid, Colorado
Allison Eid was appointed associate justice for the Colorado Supreme Court in 2006, after serving as the state's solicitor general, representing the state and its agencies in court. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, and is originally from Spokane, Washington.
PHOTO: Left to right, are Justice Nathan B. Coats, Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, and Justices Allison H. Eid, and Brian D. Boatright.
Raymond Gruender, Missouri
Raymond Gruender is a judge on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis. He was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003 and confirmed by the Senate in 2004. Before that, he served as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri and worked in private practice for nine years. Gruender, at one point served as a director of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis.
William Pryor, Alabama
William Pryor is another name Trump mentioned as a prospective justice at the time of Scalia's death. He's a judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and is also the former attorney general of Alabama. Pryor has reportedly described the Roe v. Wade decision as "the worst abomination in the history of constitutional law."
Thomas Hardiman, Pennsylvania
Thomas Hardiman is a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Originally from Waltham, Mass., Hardiman attended Notre Dame and Georgetown Law School. He worked in private practice in Pittsburgh, then was a hearing officer for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Steven Colloton, Iowa
Steven Colloton, a George W. Bush appointee, has served as a judge on the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals since 2003 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa. He is from Iowa City, Iowa, and attended Princeton and Yale Law School.
Thomas Lee, Utah
Lee is the associate chief justice for the Utah Supreme Court, nominated and confirmed in 2010. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after law school at the University of Chicago, and has taught at Brigham Young University's law school. Lee is the brother of Mike Lee, the conservative GOP senator from Utah. He would be the first Mormon to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
Raymond Kethledge, Michigan
Kethledge is a judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was confirmed in 2008 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He worked in private practice for a decade before being appointed to the court, and once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.