WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and praised his impressive background and exceptional qualifications as well as his character, compassion, and humility. Portman has known Judge Kavanaugh for more than 15 years, since they worked together in the George W. Bush administration. A transcript of his remarks at the beginning of the meeting can be found below and a video can be found here.

I’m delighted to have Judge Kavanaugh here in our office. I can’t think of anybody better qualified to be on the United States Supreme Court. He obviously has had a distinguished record. He now sits on the second highest court in the land and has earned the respect of judges across the spectrum. As important to me as his judicial philosophy and his incredible record and experience is that I know Brett Kavanaugh as a person. I’ve had the honor of getting to know him over the last 15 years or so. I worked with him in the second Bush White House. I got to see him in action. And I’ve seen a person with compassion, humility, he’s got a big heart. He talked about coaching his daughter’s basketball team, which, of course, a lot of us can relate to, but he also talked about delivering meals through his church to the homeless. And I talked to your priest, by the way. He also talked about the fact that he tutors underprivileged kids in elementary school. This is the Brett Kavanaugh I know. And as America gets to know him better through this process, people will be very impressed because he’s the kind of person you would want to have on the United States Supreme Court dealing with the tough issues the court will face. Thank you all for being here. Congratulations.”

NOTE: After President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh on Monday, Portman released a statement praising the nomination.