Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, "is a renowned labor, employment, and regulatory lawyer," according to the White House.
The Supreme Court is meant to adhere to the letter of the law, not to draw on life experiences.
If no Obama nominee can be confirmed, the Supreme Court will be without a full complement for two entire terms.
Recordings reveal how Justice Antonin Scalia cracked up his colleagues on the Supreme Court.
How much do the top six names heading for Scalia's vacancy on the Supreme Court currently earn?
The Constitution allows the president to fill a vacancy on the Court temporarily, bypassing the Senate.
The conservative justice wrote the landmark decision in 2008 that recognized the Second Amendment as an individual right to bear arms.