The big day is here, and we have a Supreme Court nominee: Judge Neil Gorsuch, a 49-year-old justice on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute,” President Donald Trump said Tuesday while announcing the nomination, according to Fox News. “He is a man of our country and a man our country really needs badly to ensure the rule of law and the rule of justice.”
According to The New York Times, Gorsuch was one of three picks rumored to be in contention for the job, along with William Pryor of the 11th Circuit and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. He would also be the youngest pick to sit on the nation’s highest court in over 25 years.
Here are five additional facts about Gorsuch that prove he was an amazing pick, courtesy of Fox News:
1) Gorsuch graduated from Harvard Law back in 1991.
While graduation from the nation’s premier law school is not necessarily a guarantor of constitutional sagacity (see: Obama, Barack), it certainly doesn’t hurt. Gorsuch got his BA from Columbia and has also attended Oxford.
Not a bad education section of the resume.
2) Gorsuch has clerked for Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron “Whizzer” White.
While White, a JFK appointee, left the court in 1993, Justice Kennedy remains on the nation’s highest bench. That would make Gorsuch the first individual to serve on the Supreme Court with a justice he had clerked for, The New York Times reported.
3) Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit in 2006 by President George W. Bush.
A relatively uncontroversial candidate, Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote, according to the Denver Post. His old boss Justice Kennedy delivered the oath of office
4) Gorsuch is a constitutional originalist.
Much like the man he was set to replace, Justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch believed that the Constitution ought to be interpreted through the intent of its original framers. A 2016 study found that he was the second most Scalia-like federal judge, and it’s easy to see why.
“Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution,” Gorsuch wrote in a 2016 opinion. “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”
5) Gorsuch ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in its suit opposing Obamacare.
“It is not for secular courts to rewrite the religious complaint of a faithful adherent, or to decide whether a religious teaching about complicity imposes ‘too much’ moral disapproval on those only ‘indirectly’ assisting wrongful conduct. Whether an act of complicity is or isn’t ‘too attenuated’ from the underlying wrong is sometimes itself a matter of faith we must respect,” Gorsuch wrote in his decision in the religious freedom case, according to Heavy.com.
Gorsuch’s nomination has promised to be contentious, with many Democrats saying they will vote against it no matter what. However, it’s clear that Trump’s nominee is not just qualified but also a constitutionalist whom conservatives can feel confident about putting on the court.
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