JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–April 7, 2017–Trump-appointed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has been officially confirmed by the Senate as Supreme Court Justice in a 54-45 vote.
Gorsuch will fill the 14-month-vacancy seat previously held by Justice Antonio Scalia due to his death in February 2016. Former President Obama attempted to fill the seat with Merrick Garland but was blocked by republicans last year.
Democrats held a filibuster which was blocked by republicans just 24-hours prior by invoking a nuclear option. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ignited a simple majority vote, which ultimately resulted in democratic defeat.
Gorsuch, a tenth circuit court appeals judge in Denver, Colorado, has conservative ideals like Antonio Scalia. Therefore, the opinion of the court is still divided with the newly-appointed 9th justice.