Rep. Sosnowski supports confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. - Barrett, if confirmed by the US Senate, will replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

I support the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Barrett is an incredibly qualified professional with years of experience as a federal judge, law professor, private attorney, and Supreme Court clerk. She will uphold the Constitution as written, preserving and defending the rule of law. Judge Barrett is devoted to the law, her community, and her family. I believe she will be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice and serve as an inspiration to young women throughout the country. As an added bonus, if nominated, she will be the only sitting judge with school age children and the only justice with a J.D. from somewhere other than Harvard or Yale (her J.D. is from Notre Dame).

To function properly, the Supreme Court needs nine justices to work efficiently, and Presidents, along with the U.S. Senate, have the Constitutional responsibility to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, even in an election year. Waiting until next year to fill the seat would defy more than 200 years of precedent and could leave the Court deadlocked 4-4 on several major cases they are scheduled to hear beginning in October.

I encourage the U.S. Senate to act swiftly and responsibly to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett, an excellent candidate, to the Supreme Court.

State Representative Joe Sosnowski, Illinois’ 69th District