President Donald Trump is about to make his first Supreme Court nomination and people are anxious to know more about the potential candidates. Judge Neil Gorsuch is a name that has been front-and-center in the discussions regarding the next nominee and people are anxious to know more about this potential Supreme Court Justice. What is Gorsuch's background?

Trump's frontrunners are reportedly Gorsuch and Hardiman

As CNN notes, Thomas Hardiman and Neil Gorsuch had reportedly become the top two candidates that President Trump was considering. The official announcement will be made Tuesday night and heading into the announcement, the buzz is that Gorsuch is going to be getting the nomination.

However, Trump has been known to make last-minute changes in his picks for various positions, although some believe that a Hardiman pick could generate some fresh criticisms of nepotism considering that he serves in the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals with the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.

Gorsuch was said to have been rspotted in Washington D.C. Tuesday afternoon ahead of the official announcement and sources have revealed that he reportedly has been told that he'll be the nominee. Is this a nominee that can sail through the confirmation process, considering how tense things have been between the Republicans and Democrats?

As Mother Jones details, Gorsuch is a judge in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado and he is 49-years-old.

He went to Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford, notes Politico, and he actually attended Harvard Law with former President Obama. The judge previously clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy back in 1993 and 1994 and he also worked in the Department of Justice for a while.

Will a Gorsuch pick satisfy Scalia fans?

Gorsuch will clearly appeal to conservatives as he was involved in the controversial Hobby Lobby decision that was a big win for the right. However, some conservatives are concerned that he may not lean as pro-life as they would like, a detail that would surely irritate many who are counting on President Trump to make a pick that could help overturn Roe v.


Many conservatives are buzzing over their approval for Gorsuch, believing that he would be a good replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away suddenly last year. The Republicans will surely be immediately onboard with this judge, if indeed he is President Trump's pick, but will the Democrats vote in favor of him as well? Sixty Senators will need to approve the nominee and given what happened with Obama's pick of Merrick Garland last year, there will likely be a lot of talk about how cooperative the Democrats feel like being in this matter.

President Donald Trump will announce his pick for the Supreme Court Tuesday night, and everybody will be curious to see if Judge Neil Gorsuch indeed gets the nod. Will he be able to garner the votes needed to become the next Supreme Court Justice?