Oct 06 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States:
“I voted today to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has devoted 26 years of public service to our nation as a jurist, lawyer, and professor.
“During the hearings, I found Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony to be credible. I also found the subsequent FBI report to be thorough. As a senator, my job is to carefully consider and review all available information. After doing so, it is evident that the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are uncorroborated, and there is no confirmation of any of the alleged misconduct.
“During his time as a federal judge, Judge Kavanaugh has been a principled, intelligent, and steadfast supporter of the rule of law. In accordance with my constitutional right to ‘advice and consent,’ I advise that Judge Kavanaugh be the next associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Judge Kavanaugh, confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 50 – 48, was nominated by President Trump on July 9 following the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He has served for over a decade as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and currently serves as the Samuel Williston Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, and Third Circuit Judge Walter Stapleton. He has more than 300 published opinions, including more than a dozen endorsements by the Supreme Court, and has a proven track record of well-reasoned decisions that demonstrate a deep respect for the law.
It is the constitutional responsibility of the U.S. Senate to provide “advice and consent” to the President on all executive nominations, including judges to federal courts, appeals courts, and the Supreme Court.