Supreme Court Justice Elect

WHAT IT IS

  • On January 31, President Trump nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, a position previously held by Justice Antonin Scalia
  • Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland
  • Neil Gorsuch has served as a federal judge since his nomination by President George W. Bush in 2006
  • Gorsuch has served as a federal judge since his nomination by President George W. Bush in 2006
  • Gorsuch is considered to be a staunch conservative and “constitutional originalist

WHY IT MATTERS

The Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment, with Gorsuch being 49 years-old. Whoever fills a seat on the bench will have an impact on law and society for decades. Anyone over the age of 20 can expect to live with the decisions of whoever the next Supreme Court justice is for most of their adult life. Several recent political events, such as the legalization of gay marriage, allowance for the Affordable Care Act, lifting of campaign finance regulations, were all decided by the Supreme Court.

  • Go Gorsuch Go

    • Essential:  Scalia’s vacant seat has lasted for almost a year. A functioning Supreme Court with 9 members is essential to our democracy
    • Continuity:  Gorsuch is almost ideologically identical to Scalia, allowing the Court to potentially continue as it was
    • Representation:  The Supreme Court currently has four reliably liberal justices (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan), three reliably conservative justices (Roberts, Thomas, Alito) and a swing vote (Kennedy). Putting another conservative justice on the court would give a fair representation to both sides of the aisle.
  • Whoa There

    • Extremist:  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY-D) has begun publicly questioning if Gorsuch’s rigid conservatism is within legal “mainstream” thinking
    • LGBTQ:  Some are wary on Gorsuch’s record on LGBTQ rights

     

     

     

     

     

WHERE WE ARE NOW

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

  • Will Democrats retaliate against Republicans for their treatment of Garland? What would this mean for our democracy?
  • How will Gorsuch fare against Senate examination during the confirmation process?
  • Should the Supreme Court continue with the same representation of ideology?
  • Will Senate Republicans remove the filibuster rule?