(Fox News): The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday night to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in a move that makes the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Notre Dame law professor the third appointment to the high court by President Trump, solidifying his administration’s legacy even further just a week before Election Day as he seeks a second term.
The last president to nominate three new justices to the Supreme Court was Ronald Reagan.
U.S. Senator Mike Braun of Indiana stated in an op-ed published on FoxNews.com: “While Justice Barrett will be a positive role model to young girls across the country, she is also the only sitting justice who did not receive her law degree from Harvard or Yale and a motivational figure for everyone in middle America.
Justice Barrett understands our values of faith, family, community and respect for the law and will be a strong advocate for religious liberty, which is one of the pillars of our great country.
Throughout her nearly one hundred written opinions on the appellate court, I can promise you that Justice Barrett has proven that she is a strong Constitutionalist who will not cut the American people out of their own government by treating the Supreme Court as a third policymaking chamber of Congress.”
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement: “I want to congratulate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the newest member of our nation’s highest court. Justice Barrett is a woman of strong faith, a dedicated mother of seven, an exceptional jurist, and a fellow Hoosier. I have no doubt she will faithfully uphold the rule of law, defend the Constitution, and protect the life and liberty of every American.”
Governor Eric Holcomb offered the following statement: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is another in a long line of Hoosiers prepared to make our state proud at the federal level. I’m confident her experience and intellect will continue to guide her as she welcomes this new, awesome responsibility. I wish her all the best as she serves our nation on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Monday’s vote marked the end of a confirmation process that lasted less than 40 days from when late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died to when her successor, Barrett, was confirmed. During that time Democrats objected loudly to the speed and timing of the confirmation just before an election. Meanwhile, Republicans have touted Barrett’s record as an academic and a judge as impeccable — and her “Well Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association (ABA) whose representatives relayed descriptions of her as “brilliant” and an “intellectual giant.”