Judge Gorsuch is a well-qualified, independent, and mainstream #SCOTUS nominee with the right judicial temperament for the Supreme Court.
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) April 1, 2017
Neil McGill Gorsuch is an American federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. On February 1, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia eleven months earlier. Gorsuch is a proponent of textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.
Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1991 to 1992, and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, from 1993 to 1994. From 1995 to 2005, Gorsuch was in private practice with the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. Gorsuch was a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005 to his appointment to the Tenth Circuit. He graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and Doctor of Philosophy in Law from University College, Oxford. At Oxford, he was supervised by Professor John Finnis.
Gorsuch was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 10, 2006, to replace Judge David M. Ebel, who took Senior status in 2006. Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote by the U.S. Senate on July 20, 2006. In September 2016, during the U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump included Gorsuch on a revised list of 21 judges whom Trump would consider nominating to the Supreme Court if elected.
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