WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday night, the United States Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
No Democrat voted for Coney Barrett, who became the fifth woman in U.S. history to earn a seat on the bench. Meanwhile, Ohio's Republican politicians praised the confirmation of Coney Barrett, who was nominated by President Donald Trump.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said Coney Barrett is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and he was proud to support her confirmation.
“She has been highly regarded for her legal work and service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by people across a wide variety of political and legal philosophies, and I believe that is how she will be viewed on the Supreme Court as well," Portman said. “As I said on the Senate floor last week, Judge Barrett has an impressive background, good judicial temperament, and remarkable qualifications. I believe she also understands the need to address the lack of faith in our institutions in this city, including the Court, and is willing to play an important role in helping to rebuild trust.
"Importantly, when I met with her, she reiterated her commitment to interpret the text of the Constitution and the laws as they are written, rather than through the lens of her own policy or personal preferences. I appreciate that modest approach. It leaves the legislating to the representatives elected by the people rather than the unelected judges.”
Coney Barrett is the third Justice appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate in his four years in the Oval Office.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also lauded Coney Barrett.
"I applaud the Senate majority for confirming President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court," DeWine said. "Judge Barrett is both highly qualified and highly respected.
"She will be an excellent addition to our nation's highest court."
In a White House ceremony following the vote Monday evening, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost stated his approval of Coney Barrett, too.
"When the dissonance of 2020 is only a distance memory of the aged, future generations of lawyers will quote this remarkable, principled jurist with admiration for her intellect and wisdom on the nation's highest court," Yost said. "Congratulations, Justice Barrett!"
Coney Barrett was confirmed eight days before the election and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), of Mansfield, joined his part members in unanimously opposing Coney Barett.
"Every single Senator who votes tonight to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is willing to risk taking away health care for millions of people and eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions," Brown stated. "Watch closely."