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Neil Gorsuch confirmed for Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch
Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, making him the current court’s youngest justice at age 49.

Some of Mr. Gorsuch’s legal opinions from his 10 years as a judge in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, including criticism of investor securities fraud lawsuits, won him backing by business groups. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said in a statement that while the confirmation debate was contentious, “Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications have never been in doubt.”

During his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Monday, one opinion cited was his 2016 concurring opinion that it was time to revisit Supreme Court deference to federal agencies when interpreting ambiguous statutes, known as Chevron deference. Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who voted against his confirmation, said that Mr. Gorsuch’s legal approach to Chevron deference “would put countless rules in jeopardy.”