Could the next Supreme Court justice be a guy who once worked as a Waltham taxi driver?
Thomas M. Hardiman, a federal appeals court judge, was originally from Waltham.
Hardiman, 51, is one of two or three judges who are considered top prospects for nomination to the open seat on the court. He’s now a judge on the Third US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
He grew up in Waltham, where his father ran a cab and school transportation company, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The first job on his resume? Waltham Central Square Taxi, where he worked in 1987 as a taxi driver/dispatcher, according to biographical information submitted for his 2006 appeals court confirmation hearing.
Hardiman and another appeals court judge, Neil Gorsuch, have emerged as the two frontrunners for the nomination, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday morning. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that he’s one of three frontrunners, the third being William Pryor, yet another appeals court judge.
Trump has promised to seek someone in the mold of conservative icon Antonin Scalia, who died nearly a year ago after serving on the Supreme Court for more than 29 years. Senate Republicans prevented President Barack Obama from filling the seat, a political gamble that paid off when Trump was elected.
Hardiman, who was born in Winchester in 1965, was also formerly a judge in US District Court in Western Pennsylvania. He was in private practice in Washington from 1990 to 1992 and in Pittsburgh from 1992 to 2o03, according to a biography posted by the Federal Judicial Center.Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.