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Neil Gorsuch Gets Sworn In as the 113th Supreme Court Justice

The ceremony took place at the White House Rose Garden.

VICE Staff

VICE Staff

Photo via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump's SCOTUS nominee, was sworn in as the high court's 113th justice on Monday in a public White House ceremony after a year of congressional infighting over Antonin Scalia's vacant seat.

The Senate confirmed Gorsuch last Friday in a 54–45 vote after Republicans invoked the "nuclear option," in response to the Democrats' successful filibuster. The unprecedented rule change no longer requires Supreme Court nominees to get a 60-vote majority to be confirmed. 

The 49-year-old Colorado judge is the youngest Supreme Court justice to take the oath since Clarence Thomas did in 1991 at just 43 years old. He's also the first justice to serve alongside his former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is known for interpreting the Constitution close to its literal meaning in an "originalist approach" to the law.

After a private swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court, Gorsuch took the oath from Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden. He joins the court just in time to hear a big religious freedom case concerning Missouri's ban on churches receiving public money. 

Watch the video via White House Youtube below.