President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Arizona politcos had mixed reactions to the news.
Gorsuch has served for over a decade as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without opposition on July 20, 2006, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Eleven current Democrat Senators — including Minority Leader Schumer, Sen. Leahy, and Sen. Feinstein — and 20 current Republican Senators were in office when Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote, without opposition. He received a “unanimously well qualified rating” by the American Bar Association.
Prior to serving on the court, Gorsuch had extensive trial and appellate litigation experience as a practicing attorney, and then served in the Department of Justice as the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General in 2005. In that position he assisted in managing major aspects of the Department’s work in areas such as constitutional law, counterterrorism, environmental regulation, and civil rights.
Gorsuch attended Harvard Law School as a Harry Truman Scholar and graduated with honors in 1991. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1988, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and he received his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2004.
He clerked for Justice Byron White and Justice Kennedy of Supreme Court of the United States and Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
“In 1981, his mother was serving as a Colorado state legislator when Reagan chose her to lead the EPA, the first woman to do so. Alongside James Watt as secretary of the interior, Burford “personified the ‘Sagebrush Rebellion’ of the 1970s and 1980s, an attempt by ranchers, farmers, miners, and oil interests to overturn federal land use and environmental regulations,” Jerry Adler writes at Yahoo News. “The EPA’s budget was cut by 22 percent, and research and regulations on air and water pollution were dramatically scaled back.”