Sandoval Removes Himself From Consideration for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, shown here participating in the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington on Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, shown here participating in the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington on Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he has told the White House that he’s not interested in being considered for the Supreme Court right now.

Sandoval’s office issued a statement Thursday following news that the White House was considering him as a potential replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Republican governor didn’t offer a reason for his decision, though he said that he also expressed his position to Senators Harry Reid, Dean Heller and Mitch McConnell.

Sandoval said that the notion of being considered for the highest court in the land is “beyond humbling” and that he is “incredibly grateful” to have been mentioned.

The 52-year-old Sandoval, a second-term governor, is a former federal judge.