Justice Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s first nominee to the Supreme Court and after more than two years passing judgment on the nation’s most complicated cases, he’s written a book where he shares insights into his life on the bench and concerns he’s developed throughout his storied career.
We met Justice Gorsuch for an interview in the Solicitor General’s office at the Supreme Court.
The Back Story
So many Americans remember the moment in 2017 when he and his wife Louise walked into the East Room as President Trump nominated him to the court.
“Yeah, that moment was a moment when I kind of knew everything was about to change right?” he told CBN News.
And as you may imagine there’s a back story there.
“How do you get into the White House without anybody noticing after the president has tweeted out to the American people that they should tune in for an announcement at 8 o’clock that evening? Um, you have to go through the kitchen. So, Louise and I, our first exposure to the White House was through the kitchen,” he recalled.
“And then we were escorted upstairs to the president’s residence and he had very graciously allowed me to use the Lincoln bedroom as an office for the day and so I wrote my remarks for the East Room that evening seated at a desk where the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln’s handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, was right next to me,” he said.
His wife, who is originally from England, was given use of the so-called “Queens Bedroom” across the hall. A room named for the number of royals who have stayed there over the years.
The son of two attorneys, at a time when not many women were attending law school, Gorsuch has led a storied career that’s allowed him to sit on the highest court in the land. He’s a husband, a father to two daughters, and a Christian.
“This is a very personal subject to me. And I have to say there are certain moments in life when you feel the power of prayer around you and for me, one of those moments was during my confirmation process. And I can’t tell you how many cards, letters, notes, people coming up to me in the streets, in coffee houses, on airplanes and they might say I voted for this president, I didn’t vote for this president, but they’d always say I’m praying for you and I wish you well and I love our country and I love our Constitution and God bless you. And those moments meant more to me then I’ll ever be able to express in words. There were points during that process where I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, Jennifer, and I had lost my anonymity, completely. You don’t realize what a gift that is until you lose it. Sitting in a restaurant and somebody’s videotaping you slurping your noodles from across the restaurant,” he remembers through laughter.
“You know you’ve hit a new low then. And then I realized, as we all do when God takes something away from you He often gives you something else in return if you just look for it hard enough. And what He gave me was an incredible gift. I get to witness now, every day in countless ways, the goodness of the American people, the kindness, their love, and it touches me deeply.”
Life at Court
As a circuit judge, Gorsuch was celebrated for upholding the religious liberty of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor against the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In this term of the court, he’ll tackle cases dealing with abortion and determine whether the term “sex” applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gorsuch wouldn’t discuss matters before the court or other controversial issues, but he did offer insights into what life is like inside the court.
“It is a lovely place and a huge honor, and it is humbling to come to work here every day. I have eight wonderful colleagues, and do we agree on everything all the time? No. You guys give us the hardest cases in all of America to resolve, of course, we disagree,” he says.
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