On Monday, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the 113th Justice in the history of the Supreme Court. His swearing in also brings the number of judges on the bench back up to nine, as it had sat at eight following the death of Antonin Scalia last year.
Following a private ceremony conducted by Chief Justice John Roberts, Gorsuch was publicly sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Rose Garden of the White House. Gorsuch clerked for Kennedy more than 20 years ago.
President Donald Trump, who nominated Gorsuch at the end of January, introduced the judge at the ceremony, which was attended by Scalia’s widow and son.
At 49 years old, Gorsuch is now the youngest member of the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed him in a 54-45 vote following the Senate triggering the so-called nuclear option to avoid a Democratic filibuster.