President Trump announced Tuesday that he was nominating Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch is currently a Judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has served since being appointed by George W. Bush in 2006. Gorsuch is a Denver native whose mother served as the head of the EPA under President Reagan. In 2006, he authored a book on euthanasia, entitled “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” Fun fact-Gorsuch graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991, in the same class as Barack Obama. He is said to be an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking and fly fishing.
How is he likely to rule? Gorsuch is seen as an “originalist” or “textualist” in the vein of Scalia. As SCOTUS blog notes, “In fact, some of the parallels can be downright eerie”. In past rulings, he has come down on the side of religious liberty arguments, and has taken a dim view of administrative agencies’ legal power. Either way, his confirmation hearings are sure to be contentious, with some Democrats vowing to block the nominee, and the President urging Republicans to “go nuclear” to ensure confirmation. Confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin in roughly six weeks.