Carr and AG Colleagues Support Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Urge Prompt Senate Confirmation
ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today joined a coalition of 22 state attorneys general in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate urging the body to promptly confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exemplary jurist and top legal mind,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “She is intelligent, accomplished and hardworking, and she will interpret the Constitution according to the text as it is written and its original meaning. With all of the critical issues facing our state and nation, we need a full U.S. Supreme Court this term, and we urge the U.S. Senate to promptly confirm Judge Barrett for the vacant seat.”
In the letter, the attorneys general write that the Senate will need little time to conclude that Judge Barrett will make an excellent Associate Justice due to her “unwavering commitment to a judicial philosophy that prioritizes restraint, humility, and respect for the rule of law.”
The coalition of attorneys general declare that Judge Barrett’s exemplary record makes it clear that she has the experience, qualifications, and judicial philosophy required to be an outstanding Associate Justice. They note that Judge Barrett graduated at the top of her Notre Dame Law School class, clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and has served with distinction on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017. They also recognize that Judge Barrett is widely considered an expert on constitutional law and a prolific scholar.
Additionally, the attorneys general identify how history and precedent show that the U.S. Senate has ample time to review and consider Judge Barrett’s qualifications before voting to confirm her this term. As chief legal officers whose duty it is to protect the principles of federalism and the rule of law, the attorneys general feel that Amy Coney Barrett is the right choice because she will safeguard the Constitution. Therefore, the attorneys general conclude, the Senate should immediately fulfill its constitutional duty and promptly confirm Judge Barrett.
The coalition is made up of the following attorneys general: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
A copy of the letter is attached.