Neil Gorsuch was nominated by Donald Trump
The 49-year-old conservative is the youngest pick for more than a quarter of a century and his appointment is expected to shape the court’s rulings for years to come.
Mr Gorsuch’s nomination is yet to be ratified by the Senate and the Democrats have promised to fight against the appointment.
Donald Trump said: "Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous disciple, and has earned bipartisan support.
"Depending on their age, a justice can be active for 50 years. And his or her decisions can last a century or more, and can often be permanent.”
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