"I think Janet Napolitano should be on the Supreme Court of the United States," he said Friday morning at her going away ceremony.
His statement was met with raucous applause by those attending, including current and former cabinet secretaries, law enforcement officials, and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Napolitano announced in June she would leave her current position this month. She's now preparing to start her next gig as president of the University of California system.
As President Barack Obama was choosing Supreme Court nominees in 2009 and 2010, Napolitano's name was floated as a potential contender to replace retiring Justice David Souter and Justice John Paul Stevens. He ultimately tapped Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, respectively, for the nominations.