Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch submits questionnaire; hearing date set

Twelve days following his nomination to become the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch successfully submitted a 68-page questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of confirmation hearings scheduled to begin on Monday, March 20.

The Senate’s questionnaire is a guide harnessed to familiarize senators with judicial philosophy, significant cases, legal opinions, written work, speeches, organizations affiliated with and prior legal roles held by a nominee.

“Judge Gorsuch has met every demand placed on him by the Minority [party].  He’s a mainstream judge.  He’s displayed independence,” remarked Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), when announcing Gorsuch’s hearing date.

Among the questionnaire’s highlights:  Gorsuch revealed he eschewed specializing in any particular field, preferring to fixate on general litigation when in private practice; he has never had an opinion overturned; he was once a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association; his total assets are in the range of $3.3 million; and he is currently an instructor at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Similarly, Gorsuch disclosed he volunteered for the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; is a member of two country clubs and the Federalist Society; and was the recipient of a 2014 exemplary writing award from the Almanac & Reader for his opinion in Yellowbear v. Lampert.

Judge Gorsuch is expected to face Judiciary Committee cross examination on March 21.

 

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