President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he will nominate Neil Gorsuch to the fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.
"I made a promise to the American people, if I were elected president I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court," said Trump while introducing Gorsuch during a primetime event at the White House.
If he is confirmed by the Senate, Gorsuch will replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died nearly a year ago in February 2016. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is a well-respected conservative and legal scholar and a strict textualist, someone who attempts to interpret the law as originally intended.
"This has been the most transparent and most important Supreme Court selection process in the history of our country and I wanted the American people to have a voice in this nomination," said Trump.
Gorsuch spoke briefly after Trump saying, "I pledge that if I am confirmed, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this country."
Gorsuch was born in Denver, Colorado and has served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado since 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
A graduate from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford -- and also a former clerk for two Supreme Court justices -- Gorsuch holds the typical credentials seen in modern Supreme Court nominations.
The newly nominated Supreme Court Justice has also expressed sincere reverence for his predecessor Justice Scalia. Shortly after Scalia's death Gorsuch said, "I have a hard time thinking of another Justice who has penned so many influential articles and books about the law even while busy deciding cases."
Former President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland in March 2016, a month after Scalia's passing. However, the Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote on his nomination during Obama's last year in office.