Statements and Reactions Regarding the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch

Statement by Carl Anderson, Knights of Columbus, on Judge Neil Gorsuch:

“We applaud the president’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. From his writings and his record it is clear that he will interpret the Constitution as it was written, including our first Amendment right to religious freedom, and the right to life of every person. Judge Gorsuch was confirmed without opposition to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, and has received a “unanimously well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. It is hard to imagine a better, and more qualified, candidate. The Senate should swiftly confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. ”

Statements by former clerks to Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch:

“Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is a brilliant and principled jurist with a deep respect for the rule of law and the judiciary’s role as guardian of the Constitution. And, as all those who had have the great fortune to clerk for him can attest, he is also a man of abiding decency and integrity. He will not favor a narrow set of litigants or interests, but rather will serve as a Justice for all Americans. I could not be more thrilled by, or confident in the wisdom of, the President’s choice.”
– Janie Nitze
Clerked for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court.


“As a former law clerk to both Judge Gorsuch and Justice Scalia, I know Judge Gorsuch is the best possible choice to fill Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. He is not only a principled and brilliant jurist committed to the Constitution, but also a fair-minded and decent man who has earned the respect and admiration of those who know him.”
– Matt Owen
Law Clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch (2008-09)
Attorney for then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan (2009-10)
Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia (2010-11)

“Judge Gorsuch and I have been friends since he was simply known as Neil. We served together at the U.S. Department of Justice. I served as one of his first law clerks. In nominating Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the President selected the most exceptionally well-qualified American possible. Judge Gorsuch is an intellectual giant and a tremendously talented writer. More importantly, Judge Gorsuch is an exceptionally good person. Judge Gorsuch and his wife Louise care deeply about their faith, family, friends, and country. Judge Gorsuch is a happy, humble servant, who views his modest judicial role as finding the law and applying it fairly and evenly, regardless of any personal preference. We could not find a better, more qualified person to serve.”
– Mike Davis
Managing Partner at MRDLaw (Denver, Colorado)
Law Clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch (2006-07)

“I was one of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s first law clerks; I’ve known him since before he joined the bench, having worked with him at Kellogg Huber and the Justice Department. On my first day, the judge took his clerks alpine sledding and he beat us twice down the mountain. He’s a great judge, a terrific mentor, and will be a credit to the nation on the Supreme Court. He is a rock-star mainstream conservative who will follow the law and the Constitution and who can ski the heck out of a double black-diamond run.”
– Jamil N. Jaffer
Vice President for Strategy and Business, IronNet Cybersecurity (Washington, D.C.)
Adjunct Professor of Law & Director, Homeland and National Security Law Program, George Mason University School of Law
Law Clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch (2006-07)

“I am extremely grateful to have begun my legal career as a law clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. A wonderful mentor, a decent man with a loving family, and a brilliant jurist with an incredible work ethic, he has taught me and my fellow clerks so much. Judge Gorsuch would make a remarkable Justice. He is committed to the rule of law. He understands the modest judicial role assigned to him in our constitutional order. As a former law clerk to Justice Scalia as well, I can think of no person more worthy to succeed the great Justice than Judge Gorsuch.”
– Eric Tung
Clerked for Judge Gorsuch from 2010-2011 and for Justice Scalia from 2012-2013.

Statement by Leonard A. Leo, Supreme Court Advisor to President Trump concerning the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch:

“Tonight President Trump did exactly what he told the American people he would do — nominate a distinguished, exceptionally qualified, and widely respected jurist to fill Justice’s Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch possesses keen intellect, independence of judgment, integrity, courage, and a sense of fairness that is grounded in the Constitution and laws as they are written. This is what the President very much wanted in a nominee.

“Under our Constitution, power ultimately rests with the people. This ideal is at the core of Justice Scalia’s legacy. As we heard from President Trump’s inauguration speech, it is at the core of the President’s agenda, and it’s very much at the core of what Neil Gorsuch’s record is as a jurist.”

Statement by Neal Katyal, former Solicitor General under President Obama:

“Judge Gorsuch is one of the most thoughtful and brilliant judges to have served our nation over the last century. As a judge, he has always put aside his personal views to serve the rule of law. To boot, as those of us who have worked with him can attest, he is a wonderfully decent and humane person. I strongly support his nomination to the Supreme Court.”

Statement by Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State and former Trump transition team domestic policy advisor, concerning the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch:

“President Trump hit a home run in his choice of Judge Gorsuch, an extremely well qualified and widely respected jurist with a deep commitment to upholding the Constitution and the vision of founders. President Trump took an unprecedented step during the campaign by sharing his list of potential nominees with the American public and the people responding by electing him president. With the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, the President has clearly delivered on his campaign commitment to appoint a Justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia who would be guided by the Constitution and not by their ideological or personal views.”

Neil Gorsuch Will Protect Our Constitution as Our Next Supreme Court Justice
“Our network of grassroots activists will work very hard to ensure the Senate quickly moves to confirm Judge Gorsuch.”

Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be our next Supreme Court Justice. Tea Party Patriots plan to hold 1,000 house parties in 100 days to organize grassroots activists in support of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and will provide a toolkit instructing them how to get involved using tactics like calling Senators’ offices, supporting the nomination on social media and writing letters-to-the-editor.

“Tea Party Patriots and our network of supporters and grassroots activists across the country thank President Donald Trump for nominating Neil Gorsuch to be our next Supreme Court Justice. President Trump promised to nominate someone who is both exceptionally qualified and has a demonstrated record of interpreting the Constitution and our laws and by nominating Judge Gorsuch, he has kept his promises. Judge Gorsuch has a distinguished record that demonstrates he will be fair to all Americans, no matter their background or beliefs. Like Justice Scalia, he believes that judges should base their decisions on the actual text of the Constitution and our laws, not on personal policy preferences. During the campaign, President Trump took the unprecedented step of sharing a list of names from which he promised to choose a Supreme Court nominee. Exit polls showed that one in five voters named the Supreme Court as their top issue. President Trump has a clear mandate to choose our next Justice, and our network of grassroots activists will work very hard to ensure the Senate quickly moves to confirm Judge Gorsuch.”


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