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Monday, February 6, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch

                Conservations from all walks of life approve of the man that President Donald Trump nominated to fill the vacant seat of Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Liberals are likewise upset with the choice. Some say that Gorsuch is much like Scalia. This is probably the reason that conservatives like him and liberals hate him.

                Neil McGill Gorsuch was born on August 29, 1967, in Denver, Colorado, which means he is only 49 years old. He is the son of David Gorsuch and Anne Irene McGill Gorsuch Burford (1942-2004). His siblings are Stephanie Gorsuch and J.J. Gorsuch. He is a fourth-generation of his family to live in Colorado, but he moved to Washington, D.C. when he was a teenager. He accompanied his mother who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the first woman to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

                Gorsuch graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in 1985. Three years later in 1988 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. In 1991 he received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, and in 2004 he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law (Legal Philosophy) from University College, Oxford. At Oxford he was a Marshall Scholar and studied under John Finnis, a natural law philosopher.

                From 1991-1992 Gorsuch was a judicial clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Then from 1993-1994 he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He was a private attorney from 1995 to 2005 at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, D.C. He was first an associate from 1995 to 1997 and then made partner (1998-2005). In 2006 he was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 10, 2006, to be a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 20, 2006.

                Gorsuch married Louise, a British woman that he met at Oxford. The couple has two daughters, Emma and Belinda, and live in Boulder, Colorado. He enjoys skiing, fly fishing, and being in the great outdoors. He went fishing at least once with Justice Scalia. He raises horses, chickens, and goats. He is the author of two books.

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