Neil Gorsuch has been practicing law since the early 1990s when he earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He started out clerking for the nation’s top judges in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal before delving into private practice, and later the U.S. Department of Justice. Gorsuch served as a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for over 10 years before he was nominated by President Trump to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He assumed office, his most prestigious since his career on the 8th of April 2017.
Neil Gorsuch Bio
Neil McGill Gorsuch was born on August 29, 1967, in Denver, Colorado. Raised as a Catholic, he attended Christ the King Catholic school and later Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit school. After high school, Gorsuch headed to Columbia University from where he graduated in 1988 with his first degree, a BA in political science.
During his time at CU, Gorsuch was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and contributed to the student newspaper, Columbia Daily Spectator. With a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Gorsuch proceeded to Harvard Law School where he graduated cum laude in 1991. During his time at Harvard, he was the classmate of former POTUS Barack Obama and he edited the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Neil Gorsuch began his law career as a clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle of the US Court of Appeals. A year later, he clerked for Supreme Court Justices, Byron White, and Anthony Kennedy. In the mid-1990s, Gorsuch worked in a Washinton-based private law firm and rose to become an associate in 1998.
He left in 2005 to become the Principal Deputy to Robert McCallum, the Associate Attorney General at the US Department of Justice. A year later, Gorsuch was by President George W. Bush nominated to the Tenth Circuit, a position he served until Antonin Scalia‘s passing saw him being nominated to fill his position at the SCOTUS. Neil Gorsuch holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University of Oxford.
His Family – Wife and Kids
When Neil Gorsuch got his most prestigious job role yet as an associate judge of the US Supreme court, he was immediately thrust into the limelight alongside his family. On his swearing-in ceremony at the White House Rose Garden, Americans couldn’t help but notice the obvious affection between Gorsuch and his lovely wife, Marie Louise Gorsuch who held the family bible while Gorsuch took his oath. She’d previously make a couple of public appearances with him after Trump declared his intent in nominating him to the SCOTUS.
Gorsuch’s wife Marie Louise is a British citizen and the pair have been married for over 2 decades since 1996. Their wedding was held at Louise’s Church of England parish. They initially met at Oxford University where Gorsuch earned a Doctor of Philosophy in law. Marie Louise who is often referred to as Louise was a champion equestrienne on Oxford’s riding team. She was born in 1968 in Henley-on-Thames, a small town located about 40 miles away from London. She was also raised in the beautiful English countryside by her parents Prudence and Byran Burleston.
Gorsuch and his wife share two kids together, daughters Emma born in 1999 and Belinda born in 2001. The family lives in Colorado where Gorsuch and his wife enjoy a lot of outdoor activities together including skiing and raising horses, chickens, goats, and dogs. It isn’t clear what other things Mrs. Gorsuch does for a living, however, she does a fine job supporting her husband who is highly revered for his intellectualism. Neil dedicated his 2009 book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia” to his wife and kids.
About His Mom
Neil Gorsuch obviously followed in the footsteps of his mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford who was an attorney and a politician. She served under President Ronald Reagan as the first female Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1981 to 1983. She had previously served as Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 12th district from 1976 to 1980.
Another quality Neil shared with his mom was her brilliance and eloquence. She earned a BA at the age of 19 and a Juris Doctor at 22. She married David Gorsuch, Neil’s dad in 1964 after they both graduated from law school and remained married till their divorce in 1982. Anne later married Bob Burford who was a Bureau of Land Management head and rancher in 1983. They had worked together during her time in the Colorado House of Representatives. Anne and Bob were considering a divorce before Bob passed in 1993. Neil’s mom latter lost her life to cancer in 2004. She was 62 years old. In addition to Neil, she had two other kids with David Gorsuch including a son J. J and daughter, Stephanie.
When Trump selected Gorsuch as his choice for SCOTUS many aspects of his life including his religion came to light. The reason was mainly because Gorsuch, who was born and raised as a Roman Catholic had since changed faith to become a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church, a group of Christians considered to be liberals and whose views are anti-Trump. Thus, Gorsuch was perceived as a liberal in disguise. However, the sentiments were dismissed after admin officials encouraged that Gorsuch should be judged on his judicial opinions rather than the political ideology if his church/pastors.