Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to the fill the Supreme Court slot left open after the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia, was sworn in this morning, becoming the 113th person to serve on the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch’s confirmation is a victory for President Trump, who has struggled to achieve his campaign promises of a travel ban from predominantly Muslim countries and health care reform.
At a public ceremony at the Rose Garden at White House today, Trump said of Gorsuch’s taking a seat on the Supreme Court, “I can say this is a great honor. And I got it done in the first 100 days. That’s even nice. You think that’s easy.”
With Gorusch, 49, on the court, it is back to its previous balance: four conservatives, four liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote.
“To my new colleagues and the staff of the Supreme Court, thank you for the very warm welcome. I look forward to many happy years together,” Gorsuch said at the Rose Garden with Trump beaming behind him.