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Trump nominates Gorsuch to Supreme Court

10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch makes a point while delivering prepared remarks before a group of attorneys at a luncheon in a legal firm in lower downtown Denver on Jan. 27. (David Zalubowski / AP)
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch makes a point while delivering prepared remarks before a group of attorneys at a luncheon in a legal firm in lower downtown Denver on Jan. 27. (David Zalubowski / AP) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has nominated federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The 49-year-old Gorsuch has served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006, after being appointed by President George W. Bush. He once worked at the Supreme Court as a law clerk.

If approved by the Senate, Gorsuch would take the seat left vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia died last year. Republicans refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee for the seat, saying the choice should go Obama's successor.

He would be the youngest justice since Clarence Thomas joined the court in 1991 at age 43.

Trump made the announcement Tuesday in a prime-time address from the White House.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement upon the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch by President Donald Trump to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:

"The president's power to make nominations to the Supreme Court is one that has lasting effects on the legal landscape of our country. The next justice to the Supreme Court should be one who will uphold the original meaning of the Constitution, judge cases fairly before the Court, and one that has true respect for the Constitution's place in our system of government and the limited powers it grants.

"Judge Gorsuch's career on the federal bench has proven that he is committed to upholding these principles found in our country's most sacred document. Judge Gorsuch is eminently qualified, and widely respected among his peers, and I hope to see him confirmed by the Senate."

"The people entrusted President Trump to make nominations such as Judge Gorsuch to the federal bench when he was elected in November, and I am pleased that the President is keeping his promise to the people."

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court:

"The American people deserve a Supreme Court comprised of justices who faithfully interpret and uphold the Constitution while serving as an independent and vigilant check on the other branches of government. Though I wish the President had taken the time to review a larger set of judicial candidates than the ones recommended by conservative advocacy organizations, Judge Neil Gorsuch has an impressive résumé and academic background. However, his record must be thoroughly vetted to ensure his views and judicial philosophy are not out of the mainstream. I look forward to carefully reviewing Judge Gorsuch's qualifications before deciding whether I believe he is fit to serve on our nation's highest court."

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