Neil Gorsuch has been officially nominated to be the new Justice of the Supreme Court. He has been selected by President Donald Trump to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
As a conservative, Gorsuch will fit well with Donald Trump’s administration. But, despite his political background, he is also well respected by liberals due to his vast knowledge and experience in the U.S. justice system.
Gorsuch graduated from Harvard Law School.
He earned his doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford University. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford served as the first female head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency under former President Ronald Reagan’s administration, VOX reported.
Gorsuch currently serves as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was appointed to this position in 2008 after he was nominated by then-President George W. Bush.
During his time at the Tenth Circuit, he ruled on various important matters related to politics, business and national security. This includes considering the act of giving financial assistance to politicians during campaigns as a fundamental right and expanding the legal definition of the term religious freedom. He is also an advocate of the death penalty. In fact, in 2003, he denied the requests of certain death-row inmates.
As for his nomination to fill the vacancy at the Supreme Court, Gorsuch is expected to visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss the matter with the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump’s administration will work hard to ensure that the president’s pick gets appointed to the position, according to The Guardian.
Earlier today, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as Senator Mike Lee, expressed their support for Gorsuch as the new Justice of the SCOTUS.
Gorsuch is currently 49 years old. This means that if he gets appointed, then he will become the youngest member of the Supreme Court.