Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy just announced his retirement from the position after 30 years.
Kennedy’s retirement will be effective at the end of July, according to the AP.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. https://t.co/TJycMUZxCN
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 27, 2018
Kennedy, a Reagan appointee, has been a key voice on many of the most recent high-profile Supreme Court cases.
President Donald Trump will now be able to nominate a second justice in a contentious Senate where the Republicans hold a very small majority, but Democrats do not have a large enough number to delay the confirmation.
According to reports, Trump already has a list of 25 possible nominees, 24 judges and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.