How SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch Could Rule on Texas Cases

One expert says he’d be shocked if Gorsuch wasn’t confirmed.

By Michael MarksFebruary 1, 2017 11:48 am

Tuesday night, President Donald Trump introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and is widely viewed as ideologically and stylistically similar to the man he may replace – late Justice Antonin Scalia.

A nomination to the Supreme Court does not necessarily mean a confirmation, but Scot Powe, professor at the University of Texas at Austin school of law, says he’d be shocked if Gorsuch wasn’t confirmed.

“His qualifications are just so sterling,” he says. “As near as I can tell, there are no outrageous decisions that he has authored while he’s been on the circuit court. … The next person up is likely to be just the same. I can’t imagine that it would make sense not to confirm him.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How Gorsuch might vote on a few cases involving Texas

– What stands out about Gorsuch’s judicial record

– The differences between Gorsuch and Scalia’s leanings