Within minutes of President Donald Trump‘s official announcement naming federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Alabama politicians began to weigh-in as to what they thought of the decision.
Here’s what they’re saying:
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby:
After the untimely death of the conservative lion Justice Antonin Scalia, I strongly believed that the American people deserved a voice in filling this critical vacancy. President Trump has made an outstanding selection in nominating Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and I am confident that he will preserve Scalia’s legacy on the bench for generations to come.
Our next Supreme Court Justice must be a steadfast supporter of the rule of law with an unwavering commitment to the Constitution. There is no doubt that Judge Gorsuch meets these necessary qualifications. I look forward to supporting his nomination and urge my Senate colleagues to join me.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep Bradley Byrne:
I think Judge Gorsuch will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep understanding and appreciation for the law. I hope the Senate will act swiftly to confirm him.
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep Martha Roby:
I applaud President Trump for his selection of such a highly qualified and capable nominee. The addition of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court would hasten our government’s return to Constitutional balance and our country’s return to following the rule of law.
There is no question that Judge Gorsuch is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and I urge the Senate to quickly begin confirmation proceedings.
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers:
I am thrilled that President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia’s conservative voice. We need a Supreme Court Justice who will adhere to the Constitution and understand that power resides with the American people. Judge Gorsuch will do just that, and I look forward to a fair and timely confirmation process by the Senate.
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt:
Judge Neil Gorsuch appears to be an excellent choice to serve on our nation’s highest court. The most important duty of a Supreme Court Justice is solely to interpret the United States Constitution as it is written. The court does not need activist judges who ignore our founding document and simply write new laws. Many are confident that Judge Gorsuch has the judicial temperament to let the letter of the law govern his decisions. Based on Gorsuch’s record, I believe he will follow the example of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and examine the law through the lens of the constitution.
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:
President Donald Trump has selected excellent cabinet and staff members and his Supreme Court nomination is no exception. Judge Neil Gorsuch will make a terrific U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Too many of our justices have succumbed to the vanity and arrogance of creating new law through judicial edict. I have the utmost respect for Judge Gorsuch’s commitment and record of ruling on issues before his court based on rational interpretation of the original intent of the Constitution or law, regardless of his personal opinions. Judge Gorsuch’s commitment to this fundamental legal philosophy is absolutely essential to preserving the rule of law in our democratically elected representative government, and I look forward to his swift confirmation.
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell:
In the coming days and weeks, I look forward to learning more about the judicial opinions and constitutional philosophy of Judge Gorsuch.
Given the consequential nature of this nomination, it is imperative that my Senate colleagues rigorously vet his legal opinions and jurisprudence, and ensure his philosophies are consistent with our Constitution and values as a nation.
At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, it is important that this nominee be a fair and impartial adjudicator of the laws that protect the rights of all Americans.