WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJHL) — Following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Saturday nominating Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn.) released the statement below.
Amy Coney Barrett is a respected constitutionalist and an excellent nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Much like her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, she will be a textualist and originalist devoted to upholding the rule of law. She is a jurist we can trust to safeguard our religious liberties at a time when these freedoms are increasingly under attack.
Americans saw firsthand Judge Barrett’s commitment to her values and principles during her confirmation hearing for the U.S Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017. Since taking the bench, she has authored nearly 100 opinions.
Beyond her experience on the bench, Judge Barrett is a mother of seven with an impressive legal career. After graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, she received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School, where she is now a professor.
I look forward to hearing her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks.Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn.)
Sen. Blackburn spoke to News Channel 11 on Sunday.
“This is going to be tough,” Sen. Blackburn said. “She is a Conservative woman, a religious woman, a woman of faith, and we know that the mainstream media is not particularly kind to Conservative women.”
Despite this, Sen. Blackburn described Barrett as strong.
“You have had both those from the left and right who have talked about her strength of character, what a wonderful parents she is, her intellect, her focus on being a constitutionalist,” Sen. Blackburn said.