Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come.
Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even his own election. Democrats were unable to stop the outcome, Trump’s third justice on the court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary.
Barrett is 48, and her lifetime appointment as the 115th justice will solidify the court’s rightward tilt.
It’s very rare for a President to get to appoint three Supreme Court Justices in one term. Here’s the list of appointments by terms:
- Trump 1 – Barrett, Gorsuch, Kagan
- Obama 2 – none
- Obama 1 – Sotomayor, Kagan
- Bush GW 2 – Roberts, Aliot
- Bush GW 1 – none
- Clinton 2 – none
- Clinton 1 – Ginsburg, Breyer
- Bush GHW – Souter, Thomas
- Reagan 2 – Rehnquist, Scalia, Kennedy
- Reagan 1 – O’Connor
- Carter – none
- Ford – Stevens
- Nixon 2 – none
- Nixon 1 – Burger, Blackmum, Powell, Rehnquist
Soonly Nixon for to appoint more in one term.