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Neil Gorsuch sworn in as associate justice on the Supreme Court

By Lauren AguirreApril 11, 2017

04/11/17

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Judge Neil Gorsuch, left, recites the oath of office as his wife Louise Gorsuch and U.S. Donald President Trump listen during the swearing in ceremony of Gorsuch as U.S. Supreme Court associate justice in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, April 10, 2017. Getty Images

gNeil Gorsuch was sworn in as an associate justice on the Supreme Court Monday. After President Donald Trump appointed him to the Court, the Senate confirmed Gorsuch with a 54-45 vote. Only three Democrats voted in favor of the nominee. The Court has been operating with only eight justices for over a year following the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia. President Obama had appointed a judge, Merrick Garland, to the Court in February 2015. However, his appointment was blocked from consideration by Republican senators who argued that the next president should fill the seat. This was one reason why so many Democrats opposed the confirmation of Gorsuch.