Hoosiers react to nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Photo of Amy Coney Barrett. (Provided Photo/ University of Notre Dame)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — President Donald Trump on Saturday announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Barrett lives in South Bend and is a professor at the University of Notre Dame. On Saturday, Hoosiers reacted to the president’s announcement.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, released this statement:

“Judge Barrett’s compelling combination of experience and intellect would serve our country well on the Supreme Court bench, adding another healthy dose of Hoosier hospitality to our nation’s capital.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb

Sen. Todd Young, a Republican, released this statement:

“I am thrilled with President Trump’s nomination of fellow Hoosier, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to serve on the Supreme Court. I’ve come to know Amy as an incredibly sharp legal mind, a woman of great integrity, and a dedicated mother of seven. When Americans elected President Trump to office in 2016 and expanded the Republican Senate majority in 2018, she was exactly the type of jurist they had in mind. Judge Barrett’s previous confirmation to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals turned into a shameful attack on her faith, not an evaluation of her legal credentials. But anyone who fairly evaluates her superb qualifications and temperament will agree that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the right person for the job. I ardently support her nomination to the Supreme Court and, as the Senate follows historical precedent by initiating a confirmation hearing, I will work diligently with all of my Senate colleagues with an eye towards voting on her confirmation as the next Associate Justice without delay.”

Sen. Todd Young

Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican, released this statement as part of an Op-Ed for Fox News. It said in part:

U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat, tweeted in part:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican, released this statement:

“I can think of no one better qualified to serve on the Supreme Court than my fellow Hoosier, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Her record as a Notre Dame law professor and as an appellate judge demonstrates her first-rate legal mind and her unwavering commitment to constitutional principles. Given her impeccable credentials, the Senate should confirm her nomination without delay. I applaud President Trump for again fulfilling his promise to appoint judges who will faithfully uphold the rule of law, defend the Constitution, and protect the life and liberty of every American.”

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, tweeted in part:

Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame University released this statement:

“The same impressive intellect, character and temperament that made Judge Barrett a successful nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals will serve her and the nation equally well as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. An alumna and a faculty member of Notre Dame Law School, Judge Barrett has epitomized the University’s commitment to teaching, scholarship, justice and service to society. She is a person of the utmost integrity who, as a jurist, acts first and foremost in accord with the law. I join her colleagues in the Law School and across the campus in congratulating her on the nomination, and wish her and her family well through what has become, sadly, a personally bruising confirmation process.”

Rev. John I. Jenkins