Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, has sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006. He got his start in law school in Connecticut.
Kavanaugh earned degrees from Yale University (’87) and Yale Law School (‘90). Justices Clarence Thomas (’74), Samuel Alito (’75) and Sonia Sotomayor (’79) are all also Yale Law School graduates.
The judge said he is "humbled" and "deeply honored" to have been selected by Trump for the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh told the president Monday night as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me."
He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he clerked.
Kavanaugh says that if he's confirmed, he "will keep an open mind in every case" and "always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law."
Democrats are already lining up against Kavanaugh as too conservative. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators should give him "the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command."
"Judge Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials. He is widely admired for his intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament....And his judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic: Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written," McConnell said.