Gorsuch is in:
Gorsuch's confirmation ends the longest Supreme Court vacancy since 1862 during the American Civil War, with the court down a justice for almost 14 months since long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016.Maybe Democrats will learn to play nice next time. Or maybe they could one day be the ones with their fingers on the button. Either way, here comes the judge...
"He's going to make an incredible addition to the court," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.
McConnell said Gorsuch, who also worked in the Justice Department under Republican former President George W. Bush and is the son of the first woman to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament."
Illustrating the importance of the moment, Vice President Mike Pence served as the Senate's presiding officer during the vote.
Republicans, possessing a 52-48 Senate majority, on Thursday overcame a ferocious Democratic effort to block a confirmation vote by resorting to a rule change known as the "nuclear option."