The tragic death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last February left a colossal void on the highest court in our nation. He was brilliant, principled and fair, unmoved by politics or public opinion. The task of replacing him is enormous, but President Trump has put forward an excellent nominee who embodies the characteristics that Scalia brought to the bench.
Judge Neil Gorsuch is more than qualified for this consequential role. His legal background includes clerking for two Supreme Court justices and serving for the past 10 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. He has earned widespread bipartisan respect for his intellect, collegiality and fairness when it comes to applying the law and the Constitution. His nomination to the Tenth Circuit was unanimously approved by the Senate.
The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to provide “advice and consent” on executive nominations, including judges to federal courts, appeals courts and the Supreme Court. As Mississippi’s U.S. Senator, I take my part in this process seriously.