WASHINGTON, District of Columbia—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement today on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“I applaud the President’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch. In this outstanding nominee, America will see a strong, principled jurist who respects the Constitution, champions states’ rights, and values judicial restraint. I am hopeful the Senate will forego partisan games and act swiftly to confirm this brilliant appointment.”
Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gorsuch was born on August 29, 1967, in Denver, Colorado. Gorsuch’s mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was the first female head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan. Gorsuch earned his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988, his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2004. While at Columbia, Gorsuch co-founded a newspaper (The Federalist) and a magazine (The Morningside Review).
If confirmed, Gorsuch would be the seventh justice to have once clerked at the Supreme Court, but the first to serve on the court with the justice with whom he clerked. He clerked for Justice Byron White, who was the first Supreme Court clerk to serve as a justice, and for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is the senior associate justice on the court.