Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Assumed office
April 8, 2017
Nominated byDonald Trump
Preceded byAntonin Scalia
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
August 8, 2006 – April 9, 2017
Nominated byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDavid M. Ebel
Succeeded byAllison H. Eid
Personal details
Neil McGill Gorsuch

(1967-08-29) August 29, 1967 (age 51)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Louise Burleston (m. 1996)
ParentsDavid Gorsuch
Anne Gorsuch Burford
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
University College, Oxford (DPhil)

Neil McGill Gorsuch (/;[1] born August 29, 1967)[2] is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[3] He was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Antonin Scalia[4][5] and took the oath of office on April 10, 2017.

Gorsuch is a proponent of textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in interpreting the United States Constitution.[6][7][8] Along with Justice Clarence Thomas, he is an advocate of natural law jurisprudence.[9] Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1991 to 1992, and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, from 1993 to 1994. He is the first Supreme Court Justice to serve alongside another Justice for whom he once had clerked (Anthony Kennedy).[10]

From 1995 to 2005, Gorsuch was in private practice with the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. Gorsuch was Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005 to his appointment to the Tenth Circuit. Gorsuch was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by President George W. Bush on May 10, 2006, to replace Judge David M. Ebel, who took senior status in 2006.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, Juris Doctor from Harvard University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University College, Oxford, where he took courses and defended a doctoral thesis, concerning the morality of assisted suicide, under the supervision of philosopher John Finnis.[11][12]

Early life and education

Gorsuch is the son of David Ronald Gorsuch (1937–2001)[13] and Anne Gorsuch Burford (née Anne Irene McGill; 1942–2004), a Colorado House of Representatives member who was later appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the first female Administrator of United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1981.[14][15][16]

A fourth-generation Coloradan,[17] Gorsuch was born in Denver, Colorado, and attended Christ the King, a K-8 Catholic school.[16] In 1985, he graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit school in North Bethesda, Maryland.[18][19][16][20] While attending Georgetown Prep, Gorsuch served as a United States Senate Page in the early 1980s.[21]

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University in 1988, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.[2][14][22] He was also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.[23] As an undergraduate student, he wrote for the Columbia Daily Spectator student newspaper.[24][25] In 1986, he co-founded the alternative Columbia student newspaper The Fed.[26]

Gorsuch attended Harvard Law School where he graduated cum laude in 1991 with a Juris Doctor.[2][14] He received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship to attend.[27] While at Harvard, Gorsuch was an editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.[28] He was described as a committed conservative who supported the Gulf War and congressional term limits, on "a campus full of ardent liberals".[29] Former President Barack Obama was one of Gorsuch's classmates at Harvard Law.[30][31][32]

In 2004 he was awarded a DPhil in law (legal philosophy) from the University of Oxford, where he completed research on assisted suicide and euthanasia as a postgraduate student of University College, Oxford.[11][2][14] A Marshall Scholarship enabled him to study at Oxford where he was supervised by the natural law philosopher John Finnis.[11][7][12] In 1996, Gorsuch married his wife Louise, an English woman and champion equestrienne on Oxford's riding team whom he met during his stay at Oxford.[16][33]

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