Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Surrounded by family and his future colleagues, Neil Gorsuch has taken the first of two oaths as he prepares to take his place as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch is the first former clerk to serve on the Supreme Court alongside his former boss, Justice Kennedy. Gorsuch started his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Kennedy.

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Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court was vindication for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, whose risky bet more than a year ago paid off big time for President Donald Trump and the Kentucky senator himself. He'll begin hearing arguments - the court is in session until June - and he'll cast votes in those cases. Moreover, the Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not these restrictions on religious groups' funding are an infringement upon their freedom of religion.

This nomination is a president's most lasting legacy so far, Crawford added.

The announcement was politically savvy: As Trump struggled to convince conservatives to join his team, the list stood as a promise that he would alter the Supreme Court, should he get the chance. He stressed judicial independence and that no man is above the law, even the president. This appointee will not change the balance of the court, however.

Gorsuch took his constitutional oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court with the other justices.

It is the conclusion of a almost 14-month process to fill Scalia's seat, with Republicans winning a bitter battle to ensure his replacement was a like-minded disciple who will restore a conservative majority on the court for years to come.


Luke, a democrat says both parties are to blame, but he says his party picked the wrong fight with Gorsuch.

Gorsuch, after being sworn in, vowed to "be a faithful servant to the Constitution and laws of this great nation".

Gorsuch is expected to cast a vote in a number of high-profile cases, such as the case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. vs. Pauley, in which a Missouri Lutheran preschool that was denied state funds to improve a playground due to a law prohibiting the government to aid schools with religious connections.

His 66-day confirmation process was swift, but bitterly divisive. Republicans changed Senate rules to prevent that, and Gorsuch was confirmed, 54-45, on a largely party-line vote.

That's followed by a public ceremony at the White House, where Justice Anthony Kennedy will swear him in. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said such ceremonies give the appearance the new justice is going to the court as the president's appointee rather than an independent justice.

-He is the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991.

NARF's review noted that Gorsuch sided with tribes in five out of six immunity cases that came before him. He and his family attend an Episcopal church in Boulder, Colorado, though he was raised Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools as a child. Democrats already used the nuclear option in 2013 to confirm three of President Obama's picks to the lower courts.

-As an associate justice, Gorsuch will earn $251,800 a year - over 15 percent above his $217,600 salary as an appellate judge.

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