President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch during a re-enactment in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Washington. Gorsuch's wife Marie Louise hold a bible at center. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch during a re-enactment in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Washington. Gorsuch's wife Marie Louise hold a bible at center. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court

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By Anna Kayser

anna-kayser@uiowa.edu

Newly named Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in on Monday in a Rose Garden Ceremony at the White House.

Gorsuch was praised for his faithfulness to the constitution and his ability to split his personal preference from the law.

The official swearing in, performed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, was the second of two oaths. The first was conducted privately by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Gorsuch’s seat fills the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia over a year ago, and restores a Republican majority in the Supreme Court.

The 66-day confirmation process divided Congress in a way that hadn’t been done before. Senate Republicans enacted a “nuclear option” in response to the Democrats’ 60 vote filibuster, allowing a simple 51 votes needed to seat Gorsuch.

Gorsuch’s first case heard as a Supreme Court Justice will be a highly regarded one, a religious rights case that fights a Missouri law banning churches from getting public funds for aiding citizens.