WASHINGTON D.C. – President Donald Trump announced Tuesday evening his pick for Supreme Court Justice is Judge Neil Gorsuch.
— President Trump (@POTUS) February 1, 2017
This has been the open spot on the Supreme Court since Justice Antonin Scalia died back in February 2016.
Former President Barack Obama had nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill Scalia’s position in March 2016.
However, the Republicans blocked hearings and a vote on it, meaning the next President would be responsible in filling the job.
Gorsuch, 49, graduated from Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford.
“I am honored, and I am humbled,” said Gorsuch.
Judge Gorsuch is one of the most mainstream, respected, and exceptionally qualified Supreme Court nominees in American history.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 1, 2017
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford said Gorsuch was an “excellent pick.”
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) February 1, 2017