US President, Donald Trump, has picked Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court judge seat.
Gorsuch is a 49-year old Conservative and he is part of the 10th Circuit in Colorado as a judge in the federal appeals court. As the youngest-ever nominee to the Supreme Court, the Conservative is said to be the right pick to back Trump’s Republican reforms related to gun rights, religion and abortion.
During his campaign, Trump had repeatedly stressed on nominating a Conservative to fill the seat of the late Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court. Sticking to his typical show-biz fashion, the US President made the announcement at a Primetime ceremony on January 31, 2017.
“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and has earned bipartisan support,” Trump said.
Former President, Barack Obama, had nominated Judge Merrick Garland, a Moderate, to the Supreme Court seat. However, the Congress never formally voted on the nomination, leaving the seat vacant for the new President.
The 9-seat Supreme Court bench, excluding Gorsuch, comprises Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, at the Liberal side, while the Conservative side includes Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito – the eighth seat is filled by Anthony Kennedy, generally considered to be the swing vote.
Sources: 1] Vox.com