The Highest Court in the Land

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Washington, February 2, 2017 | Nadgey Louis-Charles (202-225-2351) | comments

This week, we watched history being made as President Trump selected federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last February, we mourned the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia – a pillar of conservative values for 30 years on our Nation’s highest court. Justice Scalia left a legacy of sharp-witted responses and a strong, thoughtful observance of the principles enshrined in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers. Although it would be impossible to ever fully replace Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch is a worthy successor.

A native Westerner and avid outdoorsman, Neil Gorsuch knows what it’s like to work odd jobs to pay the bills. His experience spans from mowing lawns to clerking for Supreme Court Justices. After graduating with honors from Columbia University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, he clerked for several prominent judges, including Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In 2006, President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit where he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without opposition. Notably, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were among the Democratic Senators that voted for Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation.

Despite how the mainstream media is trying to frame this nomination, Judge Gorsuch’s nomination isn’t about partisan politics. Rather, it’s about ensuring we have a proven, respected jurist on the highest court in the land. Judge Gorsuch has represented hard work, empathy, and excellence at every stage of his life and is known for his clear and intelligent writing.

In his own words, “It is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives.” His prudent differentiation between the roles of judges and legislators shows a strict adherence to the roles our Founders intended for each branch of government. After eight years of a president who continually relied on executive rulemaking to bypass Congress, Judge Gorsuch’s perspective is indeed refreshing.  

This is a man who puts the law first and his own personal preferences second. He is someone who believes wholly in equal justice under the law, in the primacy of religious liberty, and absolutely in the strength and continued vitality of our Constitution. I am proud that Judge Gorsuch has been selected by our president to join some of the finest legal minds in our Nation on our Supreme Court. It’s my sincere hope that the Senate can come together for the speedy confirmation of such a worthy man.

The Honorable Jody Hice represents Georgia’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
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