Last night, President Trump made good on one of his most important campaign promises: nominating a pro-life constitutionalist judge similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
8 Important Things You Should Know About Judge Neil Gorsuch:
1. 49 Years Old
If appointed, Judge Gorsuch could serve honorably on the Supreme Court for decades. His legacy may long outlast the tenure of President Trump himself.
2. Supported by Legal Scholars
Judge Gorsuch is gaining broad support from legal scholars across the country. Even President Obama’s Solicitor General, Neal Katyal, had this to say:
“Judge Gorsuch is one of the most thoughtful and brilliant judges to have served our nation over the last century,” Katyal said. “As a judge, he has always put aside his personal views to serve the rule of law. To boot, as those of us who have worked with him can attest, he is a wonderfully decent and humane person. I strongly support his nomination to the Supreme Court.”
3. Experience with the Supreme Court
If appointed, this would not be Judge Gorsuch’s first experience with the Supreme Court. He has clerked for both Justice Anthony Kennedy and former Justice Byron White.
4. 11 Years on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2006.
5. He Supports Religious Freedom
Judge Gorsuch has played a role in two major cases regarding religious freedom: In the Hobby Lobby case and in Little Sisters of the Poor, Judge Gorsuch stood up to the Obama Administration’s attempt to force organizations and individuals to violate their deeply held religious beliefs and conscience.
6. He is Pro Life
“The intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” – Judge Neil Gorsuch
7. He Wrote the Book on Assisted Suicide
Literally. In 2006, Judge Gorsuch released a well researched book on “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanisia.” In it, Gorsuch argues against “death with dignity” laws, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
8. Judicial Philosophy is Comparable to Scalia
In an article for the New York Times, Adam Liptak wrote:
President Trump, in nominating Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, has chosen a judge who not only admires the justice he would replace but also in many ways resembles him. He shares Justice Scalia’s legal philosophy, talent for vivid writing and love of the outdoors.
Even Ted Cruz said of Gorsuch, “He has a decade of proven experience on the court of appeals of being faithful to the Constitution, following the law, protecting the Bill of Rights and our fundamental liberties, and I think that record will yield a swift confirmation in the United States Senate.”