The appointment of the country’s newest Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett, was confirmed by the US Senate on a 52-48 vote shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
The vote was almost straight party line with 52 of the 53 Republican senators voting in favor of Barrett’s confirmation and all 48 Democrats voting in opposition. The only senator of either party to cross party lines was Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who voted no.
Both North Carolina senators, Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis, are Republicans and voted for the confirmation.
Many Republican elected officials released statements shortly after the confirmation vote. Here are a few.
North Carolina Lt. Gov. and Republican candidate for governor Dan Forest said, “The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States is a major win for the rule of law. Throughout the entire confirmation process Judge Barrett displayed an impeccable understanding of the Constitution. Her qualifications, judicial record, life experiences and outstanding character will make her an excellent Supreme Court Justice for years to come. President Trump has delivered once again on his promise to nominate judges that will uphold the Constitution as written.”
Burr said, “Judge Barrett has proven to be an exceptionally qualified and well-respected jurist. Throughout her distinguished career, she has demonstrated that she will faithfully serve as an impartial judge to defend the Constitution and rule of law. I am pleased to support Judge Barrett’s confirmation today and I am confident she will serve Americans with ability and integrity.”
Sixth District Congressman Mark Walker, who is not running for reelection, said, “Tonight’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett by the U.S. Senate cements a Supreme Court justice who will respect the rule of law and not legislate from the bench – ideals that will empower Americans to have a voice in their government, rather than ceding it to the unelected. With Barrett’s elevation, America has now added three strong, conservative justices in four years under President Trump. Think about what we could accomplish with four more.”