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OPINION

Making a case for Judge Gorsuch

The U.S. Senate faces an important decision as it considers the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to America’s highest judicial office. As the nominee for U.S. Supreme Court justice, Gorsuch’s judicial history and philosophy will be rigorously reviewed — and rightly so. Upholding our Constitution is paramount. I believe the best possible candidate to fill former Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat is Gorsuch, and a thorough look at his track record and reputation in the judicial system will bear out his unequivocal qualifications.

Here’s some history. In 2006, Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate — without any opposition — to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. That vote included members of the current Democratic leadership, and was a resounding signal of bipartisan support. At that time, the American Bar Association ranked Gorsuch as “unanimously well-qualified.”

Over the past decade, Gorsuch has become known as a fierce defender of the Constitution, a fair and just juror, and a thoughtful and thorough decision maker. Gorsuch is a fourth-generation Coloradan who has spent most of his professional life in Washington, D.C. He’s a seasoned legal professional who has been on the other side of the bench, practicing courtroom law. He also held a series of esteemed clerkships for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White, and was a deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice prior to joining the appellate court. This is all following his education at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford.

Among a jury of his peers, Gorsuch is highly regarded. In a recent New York Times article, Federal District Judge John L. Kane said Gorsuch is “admired by his fellow judges,” that he “listens well and decides justly,” and that even his “dissents are instructive rather than vitriolic.”

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, underscores Gorsuch’s “clear record of consistent judicial philosophy and applying that in action.” Gorsuch shares Scalia’s judicial philosophy as an “originalist,” meaning, he is committed to reflecting the Constitution as it was originally written, rather than being swayed by the political winds and leanings of any given time.

As a conservative leader, I support Gorsuch because he embodies what I believe we need more of on the Supreme Court — justices who will interpret the laws instead of trying to write the laws from the bench. And his consistent legal perspective, deep experience, considerable intellect and dedication to upholding the Constitution make him a highly desirable conservative candidate for Supreme Court Justice.

State Sen. Joe Hune

R-Fowlerville