The Washington Post reports:
The U.S. Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, capping more than a year of bitter partisan bickering over the ideological balance of the nation’s highest court.
On a vote of 54 to 45, senators confirmed Gorsuch, 49, a Denver-based judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He will become the 113th person to serve on the Supreme Court and is scheduled to be sworn in Monday.
Justice Gorsuch is just 49 years old. He is likely to be on the Supreme Court for 30 or more years.
The age of the existing Justices is:
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg 84
- Anthony Kennedy 80
- Stephen Breyer 78
- Clarence Thomas 68
- Samuel Alito 67
- John Roberts 62
- Sonia Sotomayor 62
- Elena Kagan 56
It is not impossible that the Supreme Court could go from the 4-1-4 balance of the last couple of decades to a 7-2 conservative majority that could last for 10 – 20 years.