Judge Neil Gorsuch, a fourth-generation Coloradoan and conservative jurist who has written against euthanasia and in favor of political term limits, has been appointed as President Donald Trump‘s judicial nominee for the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch was born in Denver, Colorado on August 29, 1967. His family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1981 when his mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was selected as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by President Ronald Reagan. Gorsuch attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit school for grades nine through 12, and graduated from the school in 1985.
After graduating from Georgetown Preparatory School, Gorsuch attended Columbia University in New York City.
Gorsuch is a proponent of originalism, which is the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founding Fathers would have interpreted it. Gorsuch also believes in textualism, which is the idea that statutes should be interpreted literally, without considering the legislative history and underlying purpose of the law.
Gorsuch is also a believer in a broad definition of religious freedom and sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Zubik v. Burwell.
On May 10, 2006, Gorsuch was nominated by President George W. Bush to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge David M. Ebel. Like Gorsuch. On July 20, 2006, Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote in the U.S. Senate, making Gorsuch President Bush’s fifth appointment to the Tenth Circuit.
Since taking office, Gorsuch has sent some of his law clerks on to become Supreme Court clerks.