Skip to main content

U.S. Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch as next Supreme Court Justice

The Senate took a vote Friday morning.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Supreme Court of the United States has its newest justice – Judge Neil Gorsuch.

The U.S. Senate took a vote on Friday morning, NPR reports, a day after the Republican majority voted to invoke a rule change referred to as the "nuclear option," which allowed Republicans to override Democrats' attempts to delay a vote on Gorsuch with a simple majority, instead of with 60 votes.

Gorsuch becomes the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, NPR notes, as the 49-year-old takes the place vacated following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

The New York Times reports Vice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote on Friday just in case he was required to cast a tie-breaking vote as the president of the Senate, but this was not needed in the end.

It follows a more than a year of recriminations between America's two main parties, with Democrats furious that Republican members of Congress refused to hold a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, who former President Barack Obama nominated for SCOTUS in the wake of Scalia's death.

The Washington Post reports Gorsuch is likely to be sworn in in the coming days and is expected to weigh in one several cases over the coming months, with gun rights and the right to deny service to same-sex customers among those set to be debated.

Gorsuch's confirmation will give the SCOTUS a 5-4 conservative majority, which was a major campaign talking point for the Republican Party and President Donald Trump during the 2016 election trail, Reuters notes.

Next Up

Eric Reinbold

Reinbold guilty of murdering wife with 'particular cruelty'

Eric Reinbold, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder in the second degree in Pennington County Friday.

police tape

Armed assault suspect arrested after standoff in Waite Park

The standoff ended early Saturday when officer obtained a warrant for the home.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 9.06.25 AM

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.

FeDh7pUWAAg3NMd

Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert in Wisconsin: Search for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe 15-year-old Kryssy King may be with a 22-year-old man.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

gas

State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Related

What Klobuchar and Franken asked Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Both of Minnesota's U.S. senators are on the committee that is questioning Gorsuch.

Klobuchar is also a 'No' on Neil Gorsuch

The senator officially announced she'll vote against the Supreme Court Justice nominee.

Franken's a definite 'No' on Neil Gorsuch

Al Franken, not a fan of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice.

White House confirms pick for next Minnesota U.S. Attorney

It's nominated Dakota County District Court Judge Erica MacDonald.

Here's President Trump's choice for the Supreme Court

Trump says Neil Gorsuch takes the same judicial approach as the late Justice Antonin Scalia

Klobuchar and Franken question Neil Gorsuch, pt. 2

What Minnesota's senators asked about on their final day in front of the SCOTUS nominee.

Franken and Klobuchar will support a Neil Gorsuch filibuster

Here's how Democrats will try to block Neil Gorsuch – and how Republicans could get around it.

4 reasons why the U.S. leaving Paris climate deal might not be the end of the world

With the federal government taking a step back in the climate fight, states and cities are coming to the fore.