U.S. Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
On Monday, October 26, 2020, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 115th justice of the Supreme Court and the fifth woman to sit on the nation’s highest court. Justice Barrett took her constitutional oath as a Supreme Court Justice in a nighttime ceremony outside the White House on Monday.
Justice Barrett sat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for three years, prior to her nomination. She is the first mother of school-aged children to become a Supreme Court Justice and is the only current justice to have a law degree from a school other than Harvard or Yale. She graduated at the top of her class from Notre Dame Law School and has been a professor at Notre Dame Law School since 2002.
Justice Barrett was President Trump’s third nominee to the Supreme Court. Over the last four years, the administration made filling judicial vacancies a priority. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have overseen the confirmation of 220 Article III judges. This includes; three associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, 53 judges for the United States courts of appeals, 162 judges for the United States district courts, and two judges for the United States Court of International Trade. Roughly a third of the entire federal appellate bench. That leaves just 65 vacancies in the federal judiciary, 41 of which have nominees as of October 27, 2020. Together, these judges will hold broad sway over the nation’s law and policy long after President Trump leaves office.