On Saturday afternoon, the Senate voted to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh as the 114th Justice to serve on the Supreme Court.
The vote to confirm was 50-48 after several undecided Senators had announced their intentions on Friday. Senator Lisa Murkowski voted present on the final roll call vote out of respect to her colleague, Steve Daines, so he could attend his daughter’s wedding.
On July 9, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh, 53, was appointed as a federal judge to D.C. Circuit Appeals Court in May 2006, after his nomination by President George W. Bush and his confirmation by the Senate. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1990 and Yale College in 1987. Before his confirmation to the D.C. Appeals Court, Kavanaugh served for more than five years in the Bush White House.
Kavanaugh was also a law clerk to Justice Kennedy, and he was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr.
The newest Justice could be on the bench as early as Tuesday.