Judge Neil Gorsuch, who is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been nominated to take the place of late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. He would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas was nominated.
“The qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute,” Trump said in his introduction of Gorsuch in the East Room of the White House tonight. “I made a promise to the American people if I were elected president, I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court.”
Gorsuch is Ivy-League educated, would have the potential to restore the 5-4 conservative majority, has served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is favored by many Republicans, is an “originalist” and has challenged the Obama administration’s requirements for employers to provide health insurance that includes contraception.
Since Scalia’s sudden death, there has only been eight justices since President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, was denied by the Senate Republicans.