Georgia’s senators said they liked what they saw in the president’s choice for the Supreme Court.
The nine justices on the Supreme Court:
- Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (seated 2005, appointed by George W. Bush)
- Justice Anthony Kennedy (seated 1988, appointed by Ronald Reagan)
- Justice Clarence Thomas (seated 1991, appointed by George H.W. Bush)
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (seated 1993, appointed by Bill Clinton)
- Justice Stephen G. Breyer (seated 1994, appointed by Clinton)
- Justice Samuel Alito (seated 2006, appointed by George W. Bush)
- Justice Sonia Sotomayor (seated 2009, appointed by Barack Obama)
- Justice Elena Kagan (seated 2010, appointed by Obama)
- Justice Neil M. Gorsuch (seated 2017, appointed by Donald Trump)
President Donald Trump said Monday night he intends to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Justice Anthony Kennedy has said he would step down later this year.
Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006. He is a Yale Law School graduate and former clerk for Kennedy. He served as a staff secretary to President George W. Bush.
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta, called Kavanaugh “a talented and experienced jurist.”
“I firmly believe that justices who understand and apply the law based on the U.S. Constitution, and not on their own personal political views, should fill seats on our Supreme Court,” Isakson said in a statement.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s record indicates that he shares a strong commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law.”
Sen. David Perdue, R-Warner Robins, was at the White House on Monday as Trump announced his pick to the nation.
“President Trump has again fulfilled his promise to the American people and put forward an outstanding nominee to serve on the United States Supreme Court,” Perdue said. “Throughout his remarkable legal career, Brett Kavanaugh has shown a commitment to upholding our country’s Constitution. These principles are the bedrock of our nation and have made the United States exceptional since its founding.”
Perdue said he’s impressed with Kavanaugh’s academic and legal background.
“Judge Kavanaugh understands the long-lasting impact Supreme Court decisions have on our nation,” Perdue said, “and I look forward to meeting with him soon.”
Although the role of confirming a Supreme Court nominee rests with the Senate, Georgia’s House members also weighed in on Trump’s choice. The two congressmen who represent Newton County offered different views.
Rep. Jody Hice, R-Greensboro, said the nomination of Kavanaugh makes way for “another highly qualified and independent jurist” to assume a seat on the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh is the second man Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court. Soon after taking office in 2017, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death a year earlier. The seat was vacant when Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s impressive record, fidelity to the Constitution and respect for the rule of law speaks for itself,” Hice said, “and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to consider his appointment in a thoughtful and swift manner.
“I applaud President Trump for holding true to his promise to nominate a judge who interprets the Constitution as the Founders intended. While Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats have already announced their intention to oppose any nominee, Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials will make that a tough sell to the American people.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, believes the Senate should wait until after the midterm elections.“We must allow the American people to speak at the ballot box first,” Johnson said in remarks reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.