The Newest Supreme?
updated 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Membership has its privileges. On Oct. 3—the same day John Roberts was sworn in as the new Chief Justice—Bush tapped Miers to fill the seat being vacated by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The choice caught some by surprise: Miers, 60, a former Dallas city council member and the first woman to serve as president of the Texas Bar Association, has neither been a judge nor publicly voiced her opinions on hot-button issues like abortion and the death penalty. "She's very, very quiet about her personal opinions," says Beverly Black, a friend since the two attended Southern Methodist University. Texas supreme court justice Nathan Hecht, who has dated the never-married Miers, adds, "She's gracious, unfailingly kind, a very thoughtful person"—qualities that will come in handy when the probably contentious Senate confirmation hearings begin in a few weeks.