Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch has become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The new justice was confirmed by the Senate by a 54-45 vote, with only three Democrats voting in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee. The new justice fills the seat vacated in February 2016 by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Gorsuch will create a 5-4 majority on the court for Republican appointees and will definitely put an end to the 4-4 deadlocks that have occurred since Justice Scalia’s death.
Gorsuch, age 49, is the youngest sitting Supreme Court justice since Clarence Thomas. When nominated, Gorsuch was serving as a very active judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He had been appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed without opposition in the Senate. Hopefully, Justice Gorsuch will be fair and follow the law, and especially the Constitution, during his time on the high court.
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