VIDEO: Portman Praises Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Serve on U.S. Supreme Court

October 8, 2020 | Press Releases

In a new video, Senator Portman praises the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Portman discusses how Judge Barrett is well-qualified to fill this role and apply the law impartially without legislating from the bench. Highlighting her impressive background as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a law professor at Notre Dame Law School, and a working parent to seven children, Portman said that he looks forward to meeting with Judge Barrett as the fair and thorough evaluation process continues in the Senate. 

A transcript of the video can be found below and the video can be found here.

“In the next several weeks, the Senate will continue the confirmation process for President Trump’s nominee for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Her name is Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and she’s currently on the Circuit Court, one level below the Supreme Court. By all accounts, Judge Barrett is highly qualified for this job, both as a law professor at Notre Dame, where three times she won the Distinguished Teaching Award, and in her record as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Barrett has been highly regarded for her work in the legal world by folks across the spectrum, across a wide variety of political philosophies and legal philosophies. The American Bar Association has also deemed her to be well-qualified, they said that during her last confirmation for the circuit court. By the way, that’s the highest rating that the American Bar Association can give a judicial nominee. But I think maybe even more impressive than her qualifications is her personal story. Judge Barrett earned a full ride to Notre Dame Law School, graduating top in her class. She clerked for the Supreme Court. She built an extraordinary career in the private sector and law, and she also has raised seven children, two adopted from Haiti. Frankly, I think she’s a great role model for working parents everywhere. So I believe Judge Barrett is a good pick for this important role and I commend the president on nominating her. I hope the Senate and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will give her a fair and thorough evaluation as a nominee. And there should be a thorough evaluation. I look forward to my meeting with Judge Barrett and look forward to the process and voting here in the next several weeks on a new Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.”