April 07, 2017

Senate Sends Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to Supreme Court

After Testifying for more than 20 hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  Gorsuch’s nomination was approved by a bipartisan vote of 54-45.

On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Gorsuch to fill the seat vacated following the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.  In considering the nomination, the committee reviewed 2,700 court cases Gorsuch participated in, along with roughly 180,000 pages of documents from the Department of Justice and the George W. Bush presidential library and thousands of pages of briefs.  Beginning on March 20, Gorsuch testified for more than 20 hours at a four-day hearing before the committee.

About Judge Gorsuch
Gorsuch served as Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, after being nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by the Senate without recorded opposition.

Prior to his appointment to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch served as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and later, for Supreme Court Associate Justices Byron R. White and Anthony M. Kennedy. He also served as principal deputy to the associate attorney general and acting associate attorney general at the Justice Department. Gorsuch also worked in private practice for 10 years.

Gorsuch received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1988, a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1991 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in 2004.

Committee consideration
Nomination materials

Hearing

Committee Markup