U.S. Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears at her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Image from C-SPAN.

The U.S. Senate on Monday evening confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate approved Barrett by a vote of 52 to 48, report the New York Times and the Washington Post. The only Republican to vote against her confirmation was Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

Barrett’s confirmation will give the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority. At age 48, she will be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court.

Justice Clarence Thomas was expected to administer the oath of office to Barrett later Monday evening, report Fox News and the New York Times. She could be at work on the high court as early as Tuesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had sent Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate last Thursday after Democratic members boycotted the meeting.

Barrett has been a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017.

Barrett received a “well qualified” rating for the Supreme Court from a substantial majority of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. The committee chair, Randall Noel, had described Barrett as an “intellectual giant” who is who is “decent, selfless and sincere” in prepared testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Barrett graduated first in her Notre Dame law class. She clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia and U.S. Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman. She was a professor at Notre Dame Law School since 2002.

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