March Madness for Gorsuch

President Trump’s nominee for the United State Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, has been scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20th. The hearing is expected to last for three or four days. Opening statements will be read on the 20th of March, and questioning of Gorsuch is expected to happen on the following days.

Gorsuch, aged 49, is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford. He has clerked for two Supreme Court Justices, done a stint at the Department of Justice, and currently serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Colorado. “The real appeal of Gorsuch nomination is he’s likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over Anthony Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court,” said Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center.

Gorsuch has been spending time meeting with various Senators, attempting to court them as the hearing approaches. He has met with around 50 Senators so far, and will be meeting with several more in the coming days, according to Politico.

“Judge Gorsuch has met every demand placed on him by the minority,” committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement announcing the hearings. “He’s a mainstream judge. He’s displayed independence. He’s met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say. He is well-qualified and respected. He worked diligently to return the bipartisan questionnaire. It’s time for him to have the opportunity to speak for himself before the Judiciary Committee.”