Harry Reid on the Senate floor yesterday, citing former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as a refreshing example of why a nominee need not have prior judicial experience:\
"One of my favorite Supreme Court Justices in recent years has been Sandra Day O’Connor, not because she’s a Republican, but because she was a good judge. I think one reason she was a good judge is she had no judicial experience," Reid said on May 11, 2010
Right. No judicial experience whatsoever, except for her service as a judge on the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals. Nicely done, Harry.
From the Federal Judicial Center:
O`Connor, Sandra Day
- Born 1930 in El Paso, TX Federal Judicial Service: Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States Nominated by Ronald Reagan on August 19, 1981, to a seat vacated by Potter Stewart; Confirmed by the Senate on September 21, 1981, and received commission on September 22, 1981. Assumed senior status on January 31, 2006. Education: Stanford University, A.B., 1950 Stanford Law School, LL.B., 1952 Professional Career: Deputy county attorney, San Mateo, California, 1952-1953 Civil attorney, Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany, 1954-1957 Private practice, Phoenix, Arizona, 1957-1965 Assistant state attorney general, Arizona, 1965-1969 Arizona state senator, 1969-1975 Majority leader, 1973-1974 Judge, Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, 1975-1979 Judge, Arizona State Court of Appeals, 1979-1981 Race or Ethnicity: White Gender: Female