Republican Senate leaders showed enthusiasm about President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February.
Gorsuch now awaits confirmation by the Senate.
Gorsuch is hailed by conservative leaders as a solid choice to defend the original public meaning of the Constitution.
Here’s what 11 senators are saying about Trump’s choice for the high court.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Gorsuch is an “impressive” choice for the position and called him a “prepared, thoughtful, and careful jurist.”
“I’ve had the privilege of arguing before Judge Gorsuch and he is extremely impressive,” Lee said in a statement released Tuesday night. “He is a prepared, thoughtful, and careful jurist, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to textualism and originalism … he has enriched the 10th Circuit’s jurisprudence in a number of areas during his 10 years on the court.”
Judge Gorsuch is a prepared, thoughtful, and careful jurist, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to textualism and originalism.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) February 1, 2017
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Gorsuch is a “worthy successor to Justice Scalia” and he is a “strong defender of religious liberty.”
Judge Gorsuch is a worthy successor to Justice Scalia, a committed originalist and a strong defender of religious liberty and states’ rights
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 1, 2017
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., called Gorsuch a “mainstream choice” to fill Scalia’s seat.
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) February 1, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he is confident Trump’s choice will honor Scalia’s legacy.
“Filling Justice Scalia’s seat with a principled conservative who will interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority,” Flake said in a statement released Tuesday night. “I am confident that Judge Neil Gorsuch fits the bill, and I’ll do whatever I can to see that he receives an up-or-down vote on the floor of the Senate.”
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 1, 2017
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said he wants Gorsuch to be approved “without delay.”
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) February 1, 2017
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said the fabric of Gorsuch’s judicial judgment is “rooted in respect for the law.”
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) February 1, 2017
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said that Gorsuch “understands constitutional interpretation of law.”
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) February 1, 2017
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., praised Gorsuch for his “unwavering commitment to the Constitution,” in a statement released Tuesday night.
There is no doubt that Judge Gorsuch meets these necessary qualifications. I look forward to supporting him & urge my colleagues to join me
— Richard Shelby (@SenShelby) February 1, 2017
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., said Gorsuch “ … applies the law without regard to person or his own preferences. By all accounts, he has a record of deciding cases based on the text of the Constitution and the law.”
Judge Gorsuch speaks https://t.co/WN6vwe6gyh
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 1, 2017
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said he is looking forward to Gorsuch’s confirmation process:
— Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) February 1, 2017
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Gorsuch “is committed to the principles of original intent and judicial restraint,” and called that dedication “critical.”
“ … too many in the federal judiciary today believe it is appropriate for judges to invent new policies and rights instead of interpreting and defending the Constitution as it is written,” Rubio said.
Judge Gorsuch is a highly qualified, mainstream jurist, which is why he was unanimously confirmed to circuit court by the Senate in 2006.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 1, 2017