"On January 31, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Tenth Circuit) to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. Judge Gorsuch was appointed to the Tenth Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Tenth Circuit’s territorial jurisdiction covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, and parts of Yellowstone National Park that extend into Idaho and Montana.
Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, the nominee served as the Principal Deputy to
the Associate Attorney General, the third-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Justice,
assisting the Associate Attorney General with oversight of the Department’s various civil
litigation components. Before serving in the Justice Department, the nominee worked in private
practice as a civil litigator at the Washington, D.C. firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans
& Figel. Judge Gorsuch began his legal career clerking for federal judges. He first served as a law
clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit. Later, he served two Supreme Court Justices,
newly retired Justice Byron White and Justice Anthony Kennedy, during the October 1993 term.
This report provides an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence and discusses how the
Supreme Court might be affected if he were to succeed Justice Scalia. In particular, the report
focuses on those areas of law where Justice Scalia can be seen to have influenced the High
Court’s approach to particular issues or provided a fifth and deciding vote on the Court, with a
view toward how the nominee might approach those same issues..."
Judge Neil M. Grosuch