Trump SCOTUS nominee: Gov. Ricketts joins Nebraska, Iowa lawmakers' praises for Kavanaugh

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - On Monday night, President Trump announced Washington, D.C., Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his selection to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Here's how Nebraska and Iowa lawmakers responded to the nomination:

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.): “It was a privilege to be at the White House this evening when President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As the Senate begins the confirmation process, I will be thoroughly reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s record and I look forward to visiting with him in person.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.): "Brett Kavanaugh is a serious jurist known for careful deliberation. This doesn’t matter to many on the left. Sadly, the #Resistance is going to try to bork him by portraying him as a cross between Lex Luthor and Darth Vader. This isn’t the apocalypse – this is an opportunity to thoroughly review Kavanaugh’s record, debate this seriously, and celebrate our system of checks, balances, and limited government." 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration. As we have always done when reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee’s background and qualifications followed by hearings where we’ll hear directly from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility.”

Gov. Pete Ricketts tweeted: "Thank you to @POTUS for nominating Judge Kavanaugh — a jurist with a proven record of respecting the Constitution. I urge the Senate to act quickly on the nomination and to ignore the defamatory tactics already being deployed by left-wing activists. #SCOTUS"

Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb., 2nd Dist.): "Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials are impeccable and he has a proven track record of applying the law as written,  as well as enforcing the text, structure, and original understanding of the Constitution, and as amended. His opinions have been endorsed by the Supreme Court more than a dozen times, including some of his dissents. While I do not have a vote in the confirmation process, I would like to offer my congratulations on the President’s pick as Judge Kavanaugh is the type of jurist he promised to appoint. I look forward to hearing more about our next Supreme Court Justice."

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