Judge Neil Gorush was confirmed by the Senate on Friday as the 113th Justice to serve on the Supreme Court, replacing Justice Antonin Scalia.
The confirmation ends a political battle that lasted over a year after Scalia died unexpectedly in February 2016 while president Obama was in office. Senate republicans, led by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, believed the Supreme Court appointment should belong to the next president. The Senate denied Obama’s pick of Judge Merrick B. Garland.
The confirmation came when a historic vote on Thursday ended the Senate’s filibuster rule for the Supreme Court nominee.
A week from Monday, Justice Gorush will go through the customs of joining the nation’s highest court. Gorush will put on his robes, shake the hands of each Justice, and ascend to the Supreme Court bench where he’ll hear his first arguments.