April 05, 2017
Editor’s note: The full Senate has yet to vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and Democrats have said they may filibuster to block the vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held its confirmation hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to serve as our nation’s next Supreme Court justice.
Throughout the hearings, it was undoubtedly clear President Donald Trump made the right choice in selecting Gorsuch to help shape the long-term view of the court.
Speaking for the first time as Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch said, “It is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers, rather than those the law demands.”
In other words, a good judge doesn’t try to determine what the Constitution and the law should say; a judge’s job is to determine what the Constitution and the law do say.
In the 10 years he has served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he has demonstrated the integrity, professional qualifications and the judicial temperament to serve on the nation’s highest court.
From impressing many Senate Democrats in one-on-one meetings to unanimously earning the American Bar Association’s highest rating, Gorsuch has earned bipartisan support, underscoring how well-respected he is as a jurist and as a person.
When I met with Gorsuch following his nomination, his commitment to the rule of law and his respect for the Constitution were apparent. It was clear from our conversation that he understands the role of a judge is to adhere to the Constitution, apply the rule of law and not legislate from the bench.
We must have judges on all our federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, who understand they are not politicians in robes. Their job is to determine what the law and the Constitution says – not what they think it should say. Gorsuch is that kind of judge.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., can be reached through Blunt.Senate.gov.