The Senate Judiciary Committee has confirmed Judge Neil Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice, the chamber’s top Democrat announced Friday.
Gorsuch is a member of the conservative Federalist Society, a group that has long been known for its hardline views on social issues and for pushing to gut civil rights laws.
But his judicial record has been less controversial, and he is regarded as a centrist in the ideological spectrum, with a strong reputation for being willing to hear cases with differing viewpoints.
The Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to confirm Gorsuch, the committee chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dianne Emiel FeinsteinFlake to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation she’ll run for Senate Dem leader Senate panel approves Trump nominee to replace Scalia MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, told reporters in the Capitol.
Goruch has been a key part of the Judiciary Committee for years, serving on several panels, including on voting rights and the death penalty.
He served on the Judiciary and Civil Rights Committees in the 1970s and 1980s and on the Ethics and Civil Justice committees.
In an interview with The Washington Post last year, Gorsuch said the Justice Department “has not always been able to fully comply with the Constitution.”
In the 2016 campaign, Democrats and civil rights groups charged that Gorsuch was a key architect of President Donald Trump Donald John TrumpFord’s attorney fires back at Trump: ‘He is a profile in cowardice’ Five takeaways from Nelson and Scott’s first debate Overnight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding cuts over opioids | State of emergency looms over Florida hospital bill MORE’s decision to nominate Brett Talley, a prominent Trump critic, as a federal judge.
Gorsuch also has argued against the idea of a constitutional right to bear arms.
But in the Trump administration, Gorsuch has had to deal with multiple investigations, including a special counsel’s investigation into whether he lied to senators about his ties to a Russian bank that allegedly laundered money for the Kremlin.
The Judiciary Committee announced Gorsuch’s nomination on Thursday, days before the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) hearings in which he would testify.
The SJC hearings will likely feature a wide array of questions on Gorsuch’s judicial record, which is expected to include a wide range of questions about his rulings.
Senators are expected to be asked by the SJC about Gorsuch’s views on gun rights, immigration, gun control and gun laws, as well as about his views on civil rights.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Ann WarrenTrump attacks Dems on farm bill as they prepare to head to Capitol Warren: I’m not a ‘toxic leftist’ Warren: ‘I will vote to confirm’ Trump nominee for federal judges position MORE (I-Mass.) called Gorsuch’s confirmation a “win” for civil rights, and said she hopes that Gorsuch will “continue to bring his hard-won legal expertise to the bench.”
“As a former Supreme Court Justice, Judge Gorsuch will be well positioned to serve as the nation’s first black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American justice on the Supreme Courts,” Warren said in a statement.
Gersuch has also been an advocate for gun rights.
In 2008, he penned a scathing opinion in which, among other things, he questioned the constitutionality of the Brady Act, which required gun owners to have a gun in the home when entering a restaurant or other establishment.
The law was upheld by the Supreme Warrants and Background Checks Court, but the Supreme court overturned the ruling, saying it was a “fundamental infringement on the right to keep and bear arms.”
The case was argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Gorsuch was the lone Justice to join the majority.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Judge Gorsuch’s death,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamHow the Trump tax law passed: The big takeaways Republicans shift course after key Kavanaugh vote Graham: Kavanaugh’s nomination ‘a slap in the face’ for Democrats MORE (R-S.C.).
“Judge Gorsuch will bring decades of legal expertise and a lifetime of public service to the Supreme District Court.
I hope he will continue to be a valuable member of this court.”
Senators also will be asked about Gorsuch on gun issues.
Gorkers opinion in the 2005 case Kelo v.
City of New London, which held that New London’s ban on gun ownership violated the Second Amendment, was a pivotal one for the Supreme Justice, according to a statement from the Judiciary panel.
The case, in which Kelo was a New London police officer, was decided unanimously, and the court upheld the ban.
The Supreme Court is expected, in the coming days, to hear a case challenging New London Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s decision last month to ban gun possession for people with criminal histories, and whether she has violated the city’s bylaws.
The justices will also be asked