His credentials include degrees from Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford and clerkships with two Supreme Court justices, the late Byron White and Kennedy, who will be administering the oath to his protege in the White House Rose Garden.
Justice Samuel Alito says that when he took over as the court's rookie from Justice Stephen Breyer in 2006, after Breyer had been the court's junior member for more than a decade, Breyer still leapt up the first time someone interrupted the justices' private conference with a knock.
There would not have been a Justice Gorsuch had it not been for last year's standoff between President Obama and Senate Republicans over the former president's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to succeed Scalia. Ties on the Supreme Court leave the lower court's ruling intact.
"Our country is counting on your to be wise, impartial and fair". To serve under our laws, not over them, and to safeguard the right of the people to govern their own affairs. "You want to make sure that there are protections against extreme views being put on the Supreme Court".
And to the American people, Gorsuch said he was humbled by their trust. Gorsuch took the oath with his left hand upon a family Bible held by his wife Louise.
"Trump said he had faith in Gorsuch". "You think you're kind of hot stuff". "That's sort of a big deal, isn't it?" the president said. When Gorsuch couldn't attract 60 votes to end debate, Henderson said that the "failure by the Senate Republicans to secure 60 votes to move forward on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court speaks to the flaws of Judge Gorsuch, not the rules of the Senate". Clarence Thomas was confirmed by a narrow 52-48 margin in 1991, without any attempt by any senator to block the final vote.
Trump also thanked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the moment.
"I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected", the 49-year-old said.More news: Egypt's Christians bury dead after church bombings
Attorney Douglas Ross also told Bloomberg that Gorsuch's appointment to the court will be "a very good thing for the development of antitrust law", due to his history as an antitrust lawyer.
Partisan fighting pushed this day off more than a year.
With Gorsuch sworn in, his new colleagues could decide to hear new arguments in their next term, starting in October, in cases argued during their current term in which they may have been split 4-4 and did not yet decide.
Gorsuch is promising to be a "faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation".
He was paying tribute to a political monster, author of countless decisions attacking democratic rights and upholding corporate greed, religious bigotry, and the police. "His record as an appeals court judge shows a respect for all religious believers, whether they have views that are now popular or politically correct".
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan took their oaths at the Supreme Court and did not go the White House for a public ceremony.
President Trump praised his new appointee.
John Malcolm, director of Heritage's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, expressed a similar positive sentiment regarding Gorsuch's swearing-in. He vowed to choose from the combined list, recommended separately by The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, in naming Supreme Court justices.