Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, is scheduled to begin his Senate confirmation hearings Monday at the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. While Republicans seem confident of getting him promoted to the federal judiciary, Senate Democrats have voiced concerns regarding Trump’s latest nominee seeking confirmation.
The Colorado-based federal appeals court judge’s appointment to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia was hailed by Republican Sen. Lindsey O. Graham as the “single best thing the president’s done,” following a number of controversies that Trump has been embroiled in since he took office in January this year.
Democrats, however, may seek to derail his nomination as a sign of protest against the Trump administration and its decisions like the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (popularly called Obamacare), travel ban on citizens of some countries and cut for some federal agencies.
According to reports, the opposition is also bitter over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to block a hearing for former President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court seat, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Scalia’s seat has remained vacant since he died 13 months ago.
But who is Judge Neil Gorsuch?
Gorsuch was born in Colorado, where he stayed till his mother, Anne Gorsuch, was picked by former President Ronald Reagan to head the Environmental Protection Agency. On moving to Washington, he attended an all-boys school, Georgetown Prep.
His educational qualifications include degrees from Columbia University, followed immediately by Harvard Law School. Gorsuch then went on to study legal philosophy at Oxford University.