Barrett will be Trump’s third justice appointed to the Supreme Court, the most for any president since Ronald Reagan.
The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday night to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in a move that makes the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Notre Dame law professor the third appointment to the high court by President Trump, solidifying his administration’s legacy even further just a weekThe last president to nominate three new justices to the Supreme Court was Ronald Reagan.
Monday’s vote marked the end of a confirmation process that lasted less than 40 days from when late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died to when her successor, Barrett, was confirmed. During that time Democrats objected loudly to the speed and timing of the confirmation just before an election. Meanwhile, Republicans have touted Barrett’s record as an academic and a judge as impeccable and her “Well Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association (ABA) whose representatives relayed descriptions of her as “brilliant” and an “intellectual giant.”
Barrett is expected to be sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday night.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was the only Republican to vote against Barrett after expressing objections to moving a Supreme Court nomination before an election after Republicans blocked Obama nominee Merrick Garland ahead of the 2016 election. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has also expressed the same concerns as Collins and voted against a procedural motion to advance Barrett’s nomination on Sunday, but she voted for the nominee Monday after saying she would not hold her process objections against Barrett.
All 45 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats voted against Barrett’s confirmation.