Brett M. Kavanaugh
Brett M. Kavanaugh
The U.S. Senate voted, 50-48, Saturday, Oct. 6 to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The lifetime appointment came amid a divided Senate and several interruptions prior to the vote.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) voted in favor of Kavanaugh, while Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown voted against Kavanaugh.

Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in support of Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump selected Federal Appellate Court Judge Kavanaugh on Monday, July 9 to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat held by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh, 53, was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served in the executive office of former President George W. Bush.

Kennedy's retirement was effective July 31.

“In choosing a new justice, I will select someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States,” Trump said.

In November 2017, Trump nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate.

Portman issued the following statement on the nomination of Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: “I look forward to considering the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to advance public policy goals by legislating from the bench. Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive background. He is highly regarded as a fair-minded and independent judge and is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Congressman Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, released this statement following President Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh:

“President Donald Trump made a solid choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is a highly-qualified and well-respected jurist who is committed to protecting individual liberties. His long career demonstrates his understanding of the rule of law, and I trust he will faithfully uphold the Constitution as it was written. He has dedicated his life to public service and deserves a respectful and timely confirmation.”