This is to fill the seat vacated by Justice Kavanaugh. Lemme see, female [check] minority [check]. I suppose because Rao is conservative those two criteria do not matter.
A quick bio from Wiki states she "Rao was born to mother Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao, both Parsi physicians from India, and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she was educated at Detroit Country Day School (class of 1991). After graduating from Yale University with highest distinction in ethics, politics, economics, and philosophy, Rao attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coifand received her J.D. in 2000. She was the comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy for the Symposium edition. Rao clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 2001 to 2002, and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.
After her clerkships, she practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London, United Kingdom. During the second term of the presidency of George W. Bush, Rao worked in the White House counsel's office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Later, she became a professor at George Mason University School of Law (subsequently renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School, a change for which she advocated), where she received tenure in 2012. In 2015, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.
She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where she co-chairs the section's regulatory policy committee. She is a member of the Federalist Society.
TRUMP NOMINATES SUCCESSOR TO KAVANAUGH