Louisiana reacts to Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Prominent Louisiana Republicans are showing their support for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Louisiana native Amy Coney Barrett.

Barrett, 48, was born in New Orleans and raised in Metairie. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 1990, after serving as a class vice president.

Barrett would succeed late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18 of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Barrett’s confirmation relies on support from the U.S. Senate. Louisiana’s two senators, Republicans Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, have both voiced support for the Louisiana native.

“President Trump has nominated an impressive jurist in Judge Barrett, who has real-world experience in the classroom and in the courtroom,” Kennedy said in a statement Saturday. ” One of the most sacred jobs Louisianians sent me to do is to vet nominees for lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land.”

“She is a terrific choice,” Cassidy said of Barrett. “She has the right legal mind and experience to serve on the Court. Judge Barrett would be only the second Supreme Court justice from Louisiana, and she’s going to make our state and nation proud.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican who represents parts of southeast Louisiana, wrote this statement after President Trump’s formal announcement:

“I congratulate Amy Coney Barrett on her nomination to our nation’s highest court, and I would like to commend President Trump on his excellent judgment in choosing this incredibly well-qualified nominee. Judge Barrett is an impeccable jurist and an extraordinarily thoughtful and principled woman committed to following our Constitution. I am also proud to see a New Orleans native who attended St. Catherine of Siena and Dominican High School as our next Supreme Court justice. I encourage the Senate to swiftly carry out a fair confirmation process that focuses on the qualifications of Judge Coney Barrett, and respects the dignity of the United States Supreme Court.”

Congressman Clay Higgins, who represents Louisiana’s Acadiana region in the U.S. House of Representatives, released this statement on Barrett’s nomination:

I support President Trump’s Constitutional right and duty to fill this vacancy. Further, I hope the Senate will quickly move forward with the confirmation process and all necessary hearings. Amy Coney Barrett is a solid Constitutionalist and highly regarded judge. She will make an excellent addition to our nation’s highest court.

Attorney General Jeff Landry released this statement shortly after President Trump announced Barrett’s nomination:

“A Metairie native and St. Mary’s Dominican High School alumna, Judge Barrett embodies our State’s values and respect for the rule of law. Judge Barrett is a distinguished legal scholar and an exceptional appellate judge with a track record of interpreting the Constitution according to its text and original public meaning.

Judge Barrett honorably holds religious liberty as one of the most sacred rights enacted by our Founding Fathers – a position that has been unfairly attacked by hostile partisans who seem to want to apply a religious test to judicial nominees. A clerk for the late great Justice Antonin Scalia – Judge Barrett shares his passion, knowledge, and respect for the Constitution.

“The defense of life and liberty depends on a complete Supreme Court. That is why I applaud the President for ignoring leftist hypocrisy and fulfilling his Constitutional responsibility without delay. I hope the U.S. Senate will also fulfill their Constitutional duty and quickly confirm Judge Barrett.

This story is developing. We will post more reactions as they emerge.

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