03.12.17

Gorsuch deserves to be confirmed for U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch is one of the country's brightest legal minds and is an exceptional choice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Senate should swiftly confirm Gorsuch not only because he is immensely qualified, but also because he is a man of principle, intellect and faithful adherence to the law.

Some of my Democrat colleagues have said as much in the past when the Senate unanimously approved Gorsuch to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats, many who have previously voted for him, however, threatened to block his confirmation prior to the nomination announcement.

Gorsuch has the education and experience required to serve on the nation's highest court. A recipient of the Truman and Marshall Scholarships, Gorsuch attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He then went on to Oxford University, where he studied under legal philosopher John Finnis and earned his doctorate.

A clerk for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy as well as Judge David Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Gorsuch learned from some of the most disciplined interpreters of the Constitution. His resume also includes serving as a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and time at a private firm.

In 2006, the Senate confirmed his nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

While no one can replace Justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch is an extraordinary judge who admired him deeply and will preserve his conservative legacy. His record proves that, like Scalia, he adopted an originalist perspective and is an ardent defender of the Constitution.

Similarly, his past opinions make it clear that he views the judgeship role as one that applies the law as written and as our Founders intended as opposed to inserting his own personal opinions to remake the law.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have praised Gorsuch for his impartial approach. In 2006, then Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., stated that Gorsuch "has a sense of fairness and impartiality that is a keystone of being a judge."

He has a consistent record of applying the law fairly and his reputation among his peers and lawmakers is evidence of it.

In 2006, 12 current Democratic senators including Sens. Schumer, Leahy, Feinstein, Durbin and Wyden as well as then-Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton and John Kerry all voted in favor of Gorsuch's nomination to the appellate court. In fact, his nomination was so non-controversial that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was the only senator to attend his confirmation hearing.

Nearly a decade later, some of the very people who supported him without question in 2006 are now vowing obstruction in the name of politics. In a statement on Gorsuch's nomination, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "Now more than ever, we need a Supreme Court Justice who is independent, eschews ideology, who will preserve our democracy …"

Few jurists meet that description, and Gorsuch is certainly one of them.

I have the privilege of knowing Gorsuch, a fourth-generation Coloradan, personally and I can attest to his character, temperament and brilliance. He is a distinguished jurist who holds himself to a high moral standard, and his impressive credentials should pave the way for him to sail through his confirmation process.

The Senate should evaluate and confirm Gorsuch on his merits and merits alone. The country -- and generations to come -- will be better off because of it.

Sen. Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee.

He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.


By:  Cory Gardner
Source: Pueblo Chieftain