Neil Gorsuch is an American attorney who is currently serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to his nomination to the country’s highest bench in 2017, Gorsuch had spent over a decade as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. And was Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005.
Before then, the Colorado-born attorney had spent a decade (from 1995 to 2005) in private practice with the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. With such legal mileage, it comes as no surprise that President Trump had him nominated to succeed outgoing judge, Antonin Scalia. But that has come with its perks too. Especially as many now seek to know, among other things, what religion he professes. This piece takes you through that and even more.
Who Is Neil Gorsuch?
Neil Gorsuch was born Neil McGill Gorsuch in Denver, Colorado, United States, on August 29, 1967. He is the son of David Ronald Gorsuch and Anne Gorsuch Burford. His mother is famous for being a Colorado House of Representatives member who later got appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan as the first female Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency back in 1981. Though Gorsuch spent part of his early life in Denver and attended a K-8 Catholic school, Christ the King, he moved with his family to Bethesda, Maryland in 1981 when his mother got appointed to the EPA.
Now out of Denver, Neil Gorsuch was enrolled into Georgetown Preparatory School, a prestigious Jesuit prep school. During his Georgetown days, Gorsuch served as a United States Senate Page and eventually graduated in 1985. He then proceeded to Columbia University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in political science in 1988. As an undergraduate, Gorsuch put his writing skill to work at the school’s student newspaper, Columbia Daily Spectator.
He then received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship to attend Harvard Law School, sharing classes with former US President Barack Obama. Like he did in Columbia, Gorsuch served as an editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He graduated Harvard Law in 1991 with a Juris Doctor cum laude.
What Does He Do?
Fresh from law school, Gorsuch kick-started his career in 1991 as a judicial clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After working for a year, he later served under Supreme Court of the United States Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy from 1993 to 1994. The following year saw Neil Gorsuch delve headlong into private practice. But unlike lawyers his type who root for well-established law firms, the Colorado-born attorney chose instead to stick with the D.C-based boutique firm Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick (formerly Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel); which was only two years old at the time.
There, he worked as an associate from 1995 to 1997 and then as a partner, from 1998 to 2005. This was after he was awarded a DPhil in law (legal philosophy) from the University of Oxford, where he had carried out a study on assisted suicide and euthanasia during his days as a postgraduate student of University College, Oxford between 1992 and 1993.
In July 2006, came the shift to public service when Neil Gorsuch’s nomination by President George W. Bush to the seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. After serving ten years in that capacity, Gorsuch moved to higher ground on April 10, 2017, barely two months after President Trump announced his nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The jurist who was 49 at the time of the nomination, became the youngest nominee to the Supreme Court since the 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas, who was 43 at the time.
What Religion Is He?
The US supreme justices are predominantly Jews and Catholics. Although that status quo remains, Justice Neil Gorsuch adds variety to the mix. Being a member of a mainline Protestant denomination, Gorsuch becomes the first of his kind to sit on the Supreme Court since the retirement of John Paul Stevens in 2010. That’s not to say he doesn’t have any ties whatsoever with Catholicism. If history serves us right, Neil and his two siblings, brother J.J. and sister Stephanie, were raised as Roman Catholics and even attended weekly Masses.
Neil Gorsuch also attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Roman Catholic school. After his marriage to Marie Louise in 1996, the Gorsuchs have been members of Holy Comforter, an Episcopal parish in Vienna, Virginia, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado. However, the Jurist is yet to air his convictions as a Roman Catholic who doubles as a Protestant or simply a Protestant.