THE STORY SO FAR
February 2016: February 13th was a sad day for the Supreme Court. Antonin Scalia, one of the nine Justices, passed away. Now, who will fill Scalia’s seat? No one knows just yet and it may be a long time before we find out. Why? Choosing a Supreme Court Justice is a very important decision. After all, this person serves the court for life! Also, the president can’t just choose someone he likes; he has to choose someone he thinks the majority of the 100 senators of Congress will like since they have to approve his selection. What are some of the things that you would consider before picking a person to be on the Supreme Court?
Interesting Fact: The average age of a Supreme Court Justice at the time of appointment is 69 years old, so at 49 years old, Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is a relatively young appointee. But who’s the youngest appointee? The youngest person to ever be appointed Associate Supreme Court Justice was Joseph Story. He was only 32 years old.
April 2016: President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Now it’s up to Congress to approve or reject his nomination. The problem is that some Senators refuse to hold a confirmation hearing and some even refuse to meet with him.
February 2017: A fews weeks after President Trump moved into the White House, he nominated Neil Gorsuch for the vacant Associate Supreme Court seat.
April 2017: The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday, April 7th and three days later he was sworn in as the 113th Supreme Court justice.