On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump nominated Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch will fill the seat left vacant by the sudden (and dubious) death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago.
Neil Gorsuch was first appointed to the federal bench a decade ago, in 2006 by George W. Bush after he worked in the President’s administration for a couple of years as a deputy associate attorney general for the US DoJ.
Currently speaking, Judge Neil Gorsuch serves on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, having jurisdiction over Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado, his native state.
Judge Neil Gorsuch has a perfect legal career and he is considered one of the most intellectual judges on the federal bench, receiving an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, graduating Harvard Law School in 1991 and earning a Ph.D. in 2004 from Oxford University.
If we’re talking about a law scholar with an Ivy League pedigree, Judge Neil Gorsuch is the definition of. Before joining George W. Bush’s Justice Department in 2005, Neil Gorsuch had a very successful career in the private sector
It’s also interesting to note that Judge Neil Gorsuch would be the first US Supreme Court justice in a long time to have a doctoral degree and furthermore, one of the youngest, as he is just 49 years old.
Judge Neil Gorsuch is viewed by many as a fine successor of Antonin Scalia, as he holds the same views about constitutional interpretation, a textualist view respectively. Neil Gorsuch wrote in Cordova v. City of Albuquerque in 2016:
Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution. And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams . . . but a carefully drafted text judges are charged with applying according to its original public meaning. If a party wishes to claim a constitutional right, it is incumbent on him to tell us where it lies, not to assume or stipulate with the other side that it must be in there someplace.
Judge Neil Gorsuch is very appreciated in conservative circles and he’s well known for consistently ruling in favor or religious liberties and his support for gun rights.