Within hours of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death on Saturday (Feb 13), Srikanth Srinivasan's, 48, name began to emerge as the best candidate as his successor.
The issue of choosing a Supreme Court judge is now front and center of the Presidential race, with both sides holding vehement arguments. There is a strong speculation that the potential Obama nominee will be the best choice for filling Justice Antonin’s position in the US Supreme Court.
Mr Srinivasan made history in 2013, when he became the first Asian American and Indian American to serve in the Court of Appeals in the D.C. Circuit, long cited as the stepping stone to the uppermost echelon, the Supreme Court.
In 2013, the India-born Srinivasan had sworn by putting his hand on Bhagavad Gita put, held by his mother, when he was appointed in to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit-often considered a place for potential Supreme Court candidates. He was confirmed by an unprecedented 97-0 votes then. His twin kids as well as the family of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were present at the ceremony.
He has previously served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and worked as Obama's deputy solicitor general. The president Obama has called him 'a trailblazer who personifies the best of America'. Srikanth was born to the Tamil parents in Chandigarh, Sri’s family shifted to Lawrence, Kansas in the late 1960’s. Srinivasan earned a bachelor's degree in 1989 from Stanford University and later pursued J.D./M.B.Afrom Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.