This man is almost an exact replica of Scalia. We have hope for the future of America with this Supreme Court nomination. Are you thrilled with this selection?
A brilliant conservative judge with a prestigious resume, Neil Gorsuch is a proponent of traditional so-called family values, a strict reading of the Constitution and the need to protect the role of religion in American society.
The elegant, silver-haired 49-year-old is now Donald Trump’s pick to serve on the Supreme Court — the youngest nominee in a generation.
Largely unknown until just a few days ago, the Colorado native with an Ivy League education — who has served on the federal Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver since 2006 — now must win Senate confirmation.
Some Democratic lawmakers, still miffed that the ninth seat on the court sat empty for a year as Barack Obama’s nominee could not even win a hearing from the Republican-controlled chamber, have pledged to make things difficult.
Gorsuch has a pedigree that will reassure Trump supporters, especially given the comparisons many make between him and the late justice Antonin Scalia.
Supporters say he could also win over those Republicans who have been less than enthusiastic about the billionaire property mogul-turned-president.
Gorsuch, known for being extremely polite is also seen as having diplomatic skills and a certain intellectual rigor.
His ability to write incisive rulings and his traditionalist views have fueled the comparisons with Scalia, the towering conservative justice who died in February 2016 — and whose seat Gorsuch would occupy.
The Columbia and Harvard grad says he is flattered by such comparisons, and does not hide his admiration for Scalia, who died at age 79.
Gorsuch said when he learned of Scalia’s death, he was on the ski slopes.
“I am not embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t see the rest of the way down the mountain for the tears,” he said in a speech in April.