Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Who's Neil Gorsuch?

Neil Gorsuch

Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Assumed office
August 8, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by David M. Ebel
Personal details
Born Neil McGill Gorsuch
August 29, 1967 (age 49)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Education Columbia University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
University College, Oxford (PhD)

Neil McGill Gorsuch (born August 29, 1967)[1] is a United States federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.[2]

Gorsuch is a proponent of originalism and of textualism in interpreting the Constitution.[3][4][5]

On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Early life and education

Gorsuch is the son of David Gorsuch and Anne Gorsuch Burford (née Anne Irene McGill), a Republican and states' rights proponent, who, under President Ronald Reagan, was the first female head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 1981 to 1983, when she was forced to resign for failure to turn over documents to Congress related to the alleged mishandling of Superfund.[6][7] Neil Gorsuch was born in Denver, Colorado but moved to Washington, DC as a teenager, after his mother was appointed to the EPA.[8]

In 1985, he graduated from the Georgetown Preparatory School.[9] He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1988.[1][6] While a student at Columbia University, he wrote columns for the Columbia Daily Spectator student newspaper[10] and was a fan of the Columbia University Marching Band.[11] In 1986, he co-founded the alternative Columbia student newspaper, The Fed.[12] He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991,[1][6] where he received a Truman Scholarship.[13] He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from University College at Oxford University in 2004,[1][6] ...

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