Neil Gorsuch is the incumbent Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who assumed office on April 8, 2017 as the successor of Antonin Scalia. Formerly, he was the Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 2006 to 2017.
Early Life and Education
Neil Gorsuch was born on August 29, 1967. Raised in Denver, Colorado, Neil went to Christ the King for early education. Then, he joined Georgetown Preparatory School for high school education. In 1988, Gorsuch graduate from Columbia University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
Subsequently, Neil entered Harvard Law School for a JD where former President Barack Obama was one of his classmates. After Harvard, Neil joined the University of Oxford for a Ph.D. in law. At Oxford, Neil was a Marshall Scholar.
Neil Gorsuch is married to British wife Marie Louise who he met while studying at Oxford. The couple has two daughters: Emma and Belinda Gorsuch. As hobby, Neil likes fishing and raising horses, chickens, and goats.
Graduating from Harvard Law School in 1991, Neil Gorsuch joined US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit as a law clerk. Working in the Court of Appeals for a year, Neil moved to the US Supreme Court to work for Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He remained in the position until 1994. Then, Gorsuch entered the world of private law practice, starting with Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. Soon, he became a partner in the firm and remained there until 2005.
On May 10, 2006, incumbent President George W Bush nominated Neil Gorsuch for Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. With a unanimous vote in the Senate, Gorsuch officially succeeded David M. Ebel on August 8, 2006. Under this capacity over a period of more than a decade, Neil Gorsuch has remained a strong advocate for religious freedom. Likewise, he called for an independence in interpreting any immigration and administrative laws of the constitution. Also, Gorsuch has always been an adversary of dormant Commerce Clause.
IN 2014, Neil witnessed Riddle v. Hickenlooper case whereby he ruled that it was unconstitutional of the State of Colorado to be unfair between the major party and write-in candidates. Interestingly, Judge Neil has always favored Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act 1996.
Donald Trump and Judge Neil
As Donald Trump became the Republican nominee, Neil Gorsuch was chosen as one of the 21 judges who would be considered to take a position in the Supreme Court. Soon after Trump became the President-elect, Judge Neil was being considered to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. On January 31, 2017, Judge Neil was officially nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. The hearing began on March 20, 2017 and Neil Gorsuch won the approval with 54-45 votes on April 7, 2017. Judge Neil assumed office on April 8, 2017 as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.