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With a dash of primetime flair, President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice for the Supreme Court.
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue commended the president for his swift action in a statement:
We congratulate Judge Neil Gorsuch and applaud President Trump for quickly naming a Supreme Court justice nominee. The Supreme Court plays a critical role ensuring the rule of law is upheld and constitutional protections for all are honored. The election is over and now it's time for the Senate to act.
Who is Judge Gorsuch? From University of Colorado Boulder:
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in May 2006. His nomination was confirmed in the United States Senate by unanimous voice vote.
Judge Gorsuch holds a doctoral degree in legal philosophy from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall scholar; a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he studied as a Harry S. Truman scholar; and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Judge Gorsuch began his legal career as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Byron R. White and Anthony M. Kennedy, as well as to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He then entered private practice where he was a partner at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, and specialized in complex litigation. His matters ranged from antitrust to securities fraud, fiduciary duty to telecommunications. He regularly represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and his clients included individuals, non-profits, class actions, small companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies.
Congratulations on your nomination, Judge Gorsuch.
The U.S. Chamber is a frequent litigant at the high court both in its own litigation against the government and as an amicus curiae (or "friend of the court") weighing in on litigation issues of broad significance to the business community. In recent years, the Chamber's practice before the Supreme Court has touched on an array of important business issues, ranging from arbitration and class actions to free speech and over-regulation.
U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy Thomas J. Collamore commented on his meeting with President Trump:
It was an honor to meet with President Trump earlier this week to congratulate him on nominating Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court and assure him that the U. S. Chamber will do all we can to encourage the Senate to act swiftly.