Ross' Statement on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 31, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia:
“I am very pleased with President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our judicial system was left with a deep void with passing of Justice Scalia. Along with the loss of this great man, we lost his prudent application of our Constitution and advocacy for originalism that our country so desperately needs. I am confident Judge Gorsuch will hold this position with the same respect, vigor and fairness as did Justice Scalia.
“Judge Gorsuch has a strong proven record of defending religious freedoms, protecting the sanctity of life, upholding states’ rights, and providing pro bono legal services. For the past eight years, we have seen our Constitution trampled on, taken advantage of, and grossly misapplied for political convenience, but now is our time to put an end to it. The Senate should move quickly to confirm this constitutional conservative who will defend our liberties and properly apply the laws of our land without legislating from the bench. I believe Judge Gorsuch will be more than capable of filling this important and revered role.”
Judge Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, where he currently serves, by former President George W. Bush in 2006. He previously worked at the Department of Justice as the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, and as an associate and partner at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans and Figel, PLLC. Judge Gorsuch received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his juris doctorate from Harvard University.