|President Trump with Neil and Louisa Gorsuch at right|
Donald Trump just announced that he had nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the open position on the Supreme Court. The position had been open since Judge Antonin Scalia passed away last February.
Gorsuch was one of the names on a list of twenty potential nominees that Trump had made public during the election.
"I am a man of my word," said President Trump.
The 49-year-old Gorsuch is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard Law School and Oxford University. On constitutional interpretation, he is thought to be an originalist in the mold of Scalia, and has a record of defending religious liberty. In 2009 he published The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, which some have cited as one of the most important and comprehensive recent arguments against the practice.
“All human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong,” he wrote.
Tonight, after being introduced by the President, Gorsuch made a short speech where he called Scalia a "lion of the law."
He also cited the importance of his own religious faith. Judge Gorsuch is an Episcopalian.