US President Donald Trump has chosen Neil Gorsuch of Denver as his Supreme Court nominee.
Congressional leaders, White House staff and President Donald Trump’s family members gathered in the East Room for his Supreme Court announcement.
The event drew top congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump’s former rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Trump’s oldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, were also on-hand.
Gorsuch, 49, will in all likelihood restore the ideological balance that existed before Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on February 13, 2016, left a vacancy that has yet to be filled. He is a Republican appointee with a decade-long record on the federal bench.
Gorsuch is a champion of religious liberty known for his crisp, occasionally pointed writing style. He has faulted liberals for an “overweening addiction to the courtroom” and last year hailed Scalia as a “lion of the law”.
A study led by Mercer University law professor Jeremy Kidd concluded that Gorsuch is the second-most similar to Scalia of the 21 prospective justices on a list Trump released during the campaign.