Judge Grady Jolly has told President Trump that he plans to retire from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct 3. The federal court handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Jolly will turn 80 in October.
Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker will make recommendations to the president, whose nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.
Jolly, a native of Louisville, was chosen by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.