Tuesday 22 August 2017

Everything you need to know about Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

U.S. President Donald Trump and Neil Gorsuch (L) smile as Trump nominated Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Neil Gorsuch (L) smile as Trump nominated Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, after President Donald Trump announced Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to announce his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the empty associate justice seat of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Neil Gorsuch (centre) is joined by Vice President Mike Pence (right) as they meet Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill (AP)
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Here's everything you need to know about President Donald Trump's appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Career

He is a judge on the Denver-based 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals and was appointed to that post by Republican President George W. Bush in 2006.

He also worked in Bush's Justice Department, and also spent a number of years in private practise.

The 49-year-old is the youngest nomination to the court since 1991, meaning he could influence the direction of the court for decades.

Education

Gorsuch has ivy league credentials and was in the same 1991 graduating class from Harvard Law School as Obama.

He also attended Columbia University and completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford University.

Family

Gorsuch is not the first member of his family to serve in a President's administration. His mother, Anne Burford, was the first woman to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She served in Republican President Ronald Reagan's administration but resigned in 1983 amid a fight with Congress over documents on the EPA's use of a fund created to clean up toxic waste dumps nationwide.

He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he raises horses and is a life-long outdoorsman.

Conservative ideals

Gorsuch will restore the Supreme Court to a conservative majority, following the death of Antonin Scalia and the subsequent difficulty in replacing him after Republican's blocked Obama's nomination.

Gorsuch is considered a conservative intellectual, known for backing religious rights and writing against euthanasia and assisted suicide. He previously joined an opinion which declared that saying that owners of private companies could object on religious grounds to a provision of the Obamacare health insurance law requiring employers to provide coverage for birth control for women.

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