By Mario Trujillo - 09/06/13 05:31 PM EDT
Vice President Biden on Friday recommended outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for the Supreme Court.
“I think Janet should be on the Supreme Court of the United States,” Biden said at her farewell ceremony.
Biden acknowledged he would be making news and said aides warned him against making a public declaration about a potential Supreme Court nominee.
“My staff, when I said I was going to say this, said, ‘Ah, don’t make news.’ But I’m going to,” Biden said shortly before recommending Napolitano, to applause from the crowd.
Napolitano is leaving her post to head the 10-member University of California system.
She is a former governor of Arizona and also served as Arizona’s attorney general. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law and subsequently clerked in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has never served as a judge.
President Obama nominated Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the court during his first term. There are no current openings on the Supreme Court. Only four women have served on the high court.