Durbin Statement on Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the President’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court:


I applaud President Obama’s decision to nominate Chief Judge Merrick Garland. 


Judge Garland is an outstanding attorney and jurist with an admirable list of accomplishments. Born in Chicago and raised in Lincolnwood, Illinois, he received undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard and clerked for Judge Henry J. Friendly on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice William Brennan on the Supreme Court.  He served with distinction as a federal prosecutor and in several supervisory roles in the U.S. Department of Justice, and he also worked in private practice before he was confirmed in 1997 in a bipartisan Senate vote to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  He became Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit in 2013.  


The President has fulfilled his constitutional responsibility and now the U.S. Senate must do the same. No Senate has ever denied a hearing to a Presidential nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. In the name of fairness and our Constitution, the Senate Republican majority must do its job and give Judge Garland a public hearing and a timely vote.