22 State Attorneys General Urge Senate to Confirm Barrett as Supreme Court Justice

BY MIMI NGUYEN LY October 2, 2020 | Updated: October 2, 2020

A group of state attorneys general are urging the Senate to immediately hold a hearing and vote to confirm the nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump on Sept. 26 had announced the nomination for Barrett to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—just over a month before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Thursday led a group of 22 state attorneys generals to push the Senate for a confirmation hearing and vote.

In a statement, Landry said that he and his colleagues are “calling on the Senate to fulfill its duty to the American people and immediately vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett.”

“A Metairie native and St. Mary’s Dominican High School alumna, Judge Barrett embodies our State’s values and respect for the rule of law,” he said.

In the letter (pdf) addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the coalition of attorneys general emphasized that Barrett “has the qualifications, experience, and judicial philosophy to be an outstanding Associate Justice.”

“Judge Barrett is a distinguished legal scholar and an exceptional appellate judge with a track record of interpreting the Constitution according to its text and original public meaning,” they wrote.

The group detailed Judge Barrett’s background, including how Barrett had earned a full-tuition scholarship to attend Notre Dame Law School where she graduated at the top of her class.

Barrett also clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and served as a law professor for fifteen years where she “gained a reputation as a leading constitutional law expert and a prolific scholar,” the group noted, adding that she has since been serving “with distinction” as an appeals court judge for the 7th Circuit.

They also noted how Barrett had widespread support among her colleagues and students from Notre Dame, and how she received bipartisan support over her nomination to the 7th Circuit.

“As impressive as her background is Judge Barrett’s unwavering commitment to a judicial philosophy that prioritizes restraint, humility, and respect for the rule of law,” Landry and his colleagues told the Senate leadership.

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