Many Americans voted for Donald Trump as president in hopes he would select conservative individuals for the U.S. Supreme Court. Last night, they were rewarded for their decision when president Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for the office. Gorsuch is currently a federal judge for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I am a man of my word; I will do as I say,” Trump said during the televised nomination.
If approved, Gorsuch, 49, would succeed late judge Antonin Scalia, who was a conservative anchor for the Supreme Court from 1986 until his unexpected death in 2016.
Following Scalia’s death, then president Barack Obama had nominated Merrick Garland, an appeals court judge, for the open seat. But Republications refused to consider Garland and instead called for the next president to fill the vacancy.
In retaliation to Trump’s nomination of Gorsuch, Democrats are already voicing displeasure and are expected to push back against it.
Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement last night, “The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans. Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch’s ability to meet this standard.”
The Republicans are trying to confirm Gorsuch by early April before a two-week Easter recess. If they succeed, Gorsuch would be able to participate in the final cases of the Court’s term, which ends in June.
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Here are four things to know about Gorsuch:
- He is the son of a famous woman, Anne Gorsuch Burford, the first female to lead the U.S. EPA. She was appointed by then President Ronald Reagan.
- Gorsuch is a fourth-generation Coloradan. He moved to Washington, D.C., as a teenager when his mother was appointed to the EPA.
- He has university and law degrees from a number of prestigious schools, including Columbia University, Harvard University and University College, Oxford.
- Gorsuch is the youngest nominee to the Supreme Court since the 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas, who was 43 at the time.