The development was a signal triumph for President Trump, whose campaign previous year rested in large part on his pledge to appoint another committed conservative to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
The confirmation vote was largely a formality after Republicans invoked the so-called "nuclear option" to change Senate rules on Thursday. Democrats in states President Donald J. Trump won big began to bail on their party's leadership, but it wasn't enough to get past the procedural vote known as "cloture" the opposition used to block an up-or-down vote.
As planned, Republican U.S. Sen.
The Senate confirm Gorsuch 54-45 with three Democrats siding with Republicans - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Judge Gorsuch is a strict constitutionalist who believes that a judge's personal policy preferences should not affect the outcome of a case.
Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate as the 113th Supreme Court justice on Friday.
During his Senate hearings last month, Gorsuch sought to address those attacks head-on, insisting he "doesn't give a whit" about politics, and that he treats his plaintiffs fairly.
"I believe it will make this body a more partisan place", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Democrats reacted mainly to the use of the nuclear option to clear the way for Gorsuch's confirmation.
"Neil Gorsuch is a trusted mainstream jurist who is ready to shoulder the incredible responsibility of serving on the Supreme Court", said Sen.
Gorsuch's confirmation marks the first major success for President Trump in the Republican-controlled legislature. "As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction".
"Gorsuch wins. nearly everyone else, and most certainly the credibility of the Senate leadership, loses".
The Supreme Court is now in recess.
Democrats accused Gorsuch of being so conservative as to be outside the judicial mainstream, favoring corporate interests over ordinary Americans in legal opinions, and displaying insufficient independence from Trump.
After he is sworn in, Gorsuch will restore the court's conservative voting majority that existed before Scalia's death, and which could persist for years or even grow over the course of Trump's administration. The justices will meet for their private conference next Thursday, April 13, and they will return to the bench on Monday, April 17, for arguments. "So we are charging Judge Gorsuch to be the independent and fair-minded justice that America badly needs".
He was the anchor of the Court's conservatives, and became a hero for conservative thinkers and organizations.