Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge for Washington, D.C., is President Obama’s pick to ll the Supreme Court seat le vacant by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. President Obama o cially named Garland as a Supreme Court nominee two weeks ago Wednesday in the Rose Garden at the White House before the media. In response to Republican leaders in the Senate refusing to consider a Supreme Court nominee, Obama said that he had chosen a serious man and an exemplary judge. He added that in discussions about Supreme Court vacancies such as the current one, as well as earlier openings, Merrick Garland is the one man brought up by both Democrats and Republicans. Garland’s nomination is controversial and has been criticized by Republicans who believe the president should not nominate a judge during an election year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repeated his pledge that the Senate would not go forward in con- rming an Obama nominee. Garland, 63, is the current Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Garland is a former prosecutor and viewed as a moderate. He has a reputation for transparency and his working relationship with his colleagues at the D.C. Circuit, the highest court in D.C. Before Garland became a judge, he occupied top positions in the Justice Department where he oversaw major investigations like the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Unabomber case and the Atlanta Olympics Village bombing. Ahead of the announcement on Wednesday, the White House reminded reiterated the fact that that, “one-third of all previous U.S. presidents have had a nominee con rmed to the Supreme Court in an election year,” and the last time the Senate refused to vote on a president’s Supreme Court nominee was in 1875.