Justice Anthony Kennedy swore in the 49-year-old Colorado native during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, making him the first justice to serve alongside one of his former law clerks.
As Gorsuch took the stage, he thanked his family and his colleagues.
“I see before me so many that I owe so much,” Gorsuch said. “I would not be here today without your friendship or support. I want to thank the president for nominating me, and the great trust he has entrusted in me. It’s not possible to mention here everyone I should mention, but I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Don McGahn and every person in the White House counsel’s office. I want to thank Kelly Ayotte and my day-to-day team for their humor, their sage advice and their faith as we spent months and so many miles trooping together.”
“This process has reminded me just how outrageously blessed I am.”
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“To the Scalia family, I won’t ever forget that the seat I inherit today is the seat of a very, very great man,” he added. “To the American people, I am humbled by the trust placed in me today.”
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