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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will nominate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to a seat on the federal appeals court in Washington, the White House said.

Bloomberg was among a group of prominent individuals that Trump included in a list of potential picks on Tuesday morning. He joins conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Trump, who campaigned heavily on the need for the U.S. to address climate change, has previously nominated two candidates to the appeals court.

Bloomberg, a billionaire who has contributed at least $90 million to climate causes, won the Democratic nomination in 2012 for mayor of New York and has since been backed by former President Barack Obama.

In 2018, he announced plans to spend $100 million in campaign contributions and other efforts to defeat the conservative Supreme Court justices who will be seated in 2019. He recently unveiled his political action committee, NextGen Climate, aimed at turning the tide on warming from carbon pollution.

Bloomberg was elected twice as mayor of one of the most densely populated cities in America. Voters in 2013 handed him a fourth term by a 4-1 margin.

Trump’s pick is the third candidate to fill a seat on the federal appeals court since Trump took office in 2017. Trump has previously nominated Steven Colloton, a federal judge from Montana, and Mark Goldsmith, a federal district judge from Oregon.

The seat on the court opened on January 31, 2018, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

New York is the only state in the nation to have a vacancy in a Democratic-appointed seat on the federal appeals court.

Contributing: Associated Press


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