I want to thank my legal heroes. Byron White, who modeled judicial courage. War hero, Rhodes Scholar, highest-paid NFL player of his time.
Justice Anthony Kennedy: showed me judges can disagree without being disagreeable.
A case is a life's story.
Justice Scalia was a mentor too. Reminded us that words matter.
We didn't agree on everything. Scalia fished with the enthusiasm of a New Yorker, Gorsuch says.
Justice Jackson: wrote very clearly, never hid behind legal jargon.
These days we sometimes hear judges described as politicians in robes. If I thought that were true, I would hang up the robe.
I have watched my colleagues spend long days worrying about cases. Sometimes the answers follow us home at night and keep us up, but the answers are always the ones we believe the law requires.
The rule of law in the US is a wonder, and it's no wonder it is the envy of the world.
Talking about his first case to reach the Court. Thomas and Sotomayor were in the majority, Stevens and Scalia were in dissent in 5-4 case. That's how it should be.
I have participated in over 2700 appeals, with judges appointed by a wide variety of presidents. In the west, we respect one another and seek consensus whenever we can. 97% of those cases were decided unanimously, I had been in the majority 99% of the time. That's my record and that's how we do things in the west.
My daughters remind me that putting on a robe does not make me any smarter. On my first day, I tripped on my hem and went flying.
But the robe does mean something. Reminds us to lose our egos and open our minds.
Ours is a judiciary of honest black polyester, reiterates Gorsuch.
If judges were just secret legislators, the very idea of a government by and for the people would be at risk, and those who came before the court would be at risk.
Describing diversity of the cases he has decided. Just mentioned Rocky Flats case, in which he ruled for homeowners and against nuclear weapons facility.
Senators are all paying rapt attention to Gorsuch.
Gorsuch has been very eloquent -- his manner in his opening statement was very reminiscent of John Roberts 11 years ago.
9:30 am start tomorrow, 30 minute rounds
Gorsuch is now finished. Grassley is discussing some administrative issues.
The committee will start at 9:30 tomorrow. Says it will have about 10 hours of work tomorrow for Q&A. Everyone will get a half-hour tomorrow. Wednesday is shorter rounds. Grassley jokes that he would like to get to bed by 9 am.
The committee meeting is now adjourned. We will be back tomorrow shortly before 9:30.