WASHINGTON – Senate
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tonight made the following
comment on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace
retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to
come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with
distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He
is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration,”
“As we have always done when
reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary
Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee’s
background and qualifications followed by hearings where we’ll hear directly
from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility.”
Kavanaugh currently serves as judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for
the D.C. Circuit in Washington. He was confirmed for the judgeship in 2006
after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Kavanaugh previously served in the White House Counsel’s Office and then as the
White House Staff Secretary under President Bush. He also served as Associate
Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr.
Kavanaugh received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1987 and then a
Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990. He clerked for two federal appeals
court judges and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He also worked in
private practice in Washington, D.C.