WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tonight made the following comment on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration,” Grassley said.
“As we have always done when reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee’s background and qualifications followed by hearings where we’ll hear directly from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility.”
Brett Kavanaugh currently serves as judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington. He was confirmed for the judgeship in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Judge Kavanaugh previously served in the White House Counsel’s Office and then as the White House Staff Secretary under President Bush. He also served as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr.
Judge Kavanaugh received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1987 and then a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990. He clerked for two federal appeals court judges and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He also worked in private practice in Washington, D.C.