Tonight President Trump announced his nomination to the Supreme Court to replace the deceased Antonin Scalia, Harvard Law graduate Neil Gorsuch who currently serves as the on the 10th U.S. District Court of appeals, the Denver-based federal court that covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming, as well as the portions of Yellowstone National Park that extend into Montana and Idaho. Should he receive the Senate’s confirmation he will be the youngest member currently on the bench at the age of 49. Here are some other qualifications about him that you should know.

1. He’s an originalist

This essentially means that Gorsuch believes that rather than an evolving document, the meaning of the Constitution was fixed at its enactment. Many justices and judges have adopted the idea of the Constitution being a living document that can change in meaning giving the ebbs and flow of society. 

 

2.He’s a true conservative

Gorsuch has dealt with several high profile cases ruling in favor of religious expression (he sided in favor of Hobby Lobby in their conflict of religious freedom) the death penalty, and the Second Amendment.
 

3. He values life

He has written a book arguing against assisted suicide and euthanasia and has spoken out many times on the evils of abortion.

4. He’s not a part of the system

Gorsuch is skeptical of progressive victories that have been achieved in the Supreme Court in the past, specifically citing the ruling on same-sex marriage. ““American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box,” he wrote in National Review in 2005.

5. His reputation proceeds him.

He has a sterling resume having attended Harvard Law School, as well as Columbia and Oxford, and clerked for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court.

 

Truly President Trump kept his word when he told the American people he would be selecting a justice to replace Scalia in most every way. Gorsuch is not on the bench yet however. He needs 60 votes in the Senate to turn over a filibuster. But if history is on his side then he will receive the title of Supreme Court Justice and will preside over a divided country in perilous times, providing the much needed balance currently lacking in the highest court in the land.