Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The nomination, which was widely expected, was confirmed by the US president at the White House.
He said the 48-year-old was “a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the constitution”.
Mr Trump’s nomination comes after liberal icon Justice Ginsburg died due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Before announcing his choice, Mr Trump paid tribute to the “legal giant and pioneer for women”, who had “inspired Americans for generations to come”.
Also known as RBG, the 87-year-old had championed gender equality and social justice before and after she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993.
Her dying wish was reportedly that she would not be replaced until after November’s US election, but Mr Trump asked Senate Republicans to confirm his nominee before then.