WYOMING — On Monday, Oct. 26,  Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as an associate Supreme Court justice, about an hour after the Senate confirmed her appointment and just 9 days before the general election.

Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian // Official White House photo

Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath in an outdoor event held on the South Lawn at the White House.

Wyoming electeds, Senator John Barrasso, Senator Mike Enzi, and Representative Liz Cheney, supported the confirmation.

Senator Barrasso said, “I know Justice Barrett will defend the freedoms people in Wyoming hold dear. She will apply the law as written, not legislate from the bench.”

Senator Barrasso has been a staunch supporter of the president making a nomination ahead of the election. But in 2016 he spoke on the Senate floor following justice Antoni Scalia’s death and said, “The people should be allowed to consider possible supreme court nominees as one factor in who they will support for president. This is not about the person it’s about the principle involved and I want to give the American people a voice in this.”

Senator Enzi, who is not running for reelection, said, “After meeting with Judge Barrett, I am confident that she is well qualified to be a member of the Supreme Court. We had a great conversation that included issues important to Wyoming. She is a remarkable judge and legal scholar with impressive credentials, and I look forward to supporting her nomination.” Enzi voted to confirm Barret to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017.

Rep. Liz Cheney shared her congratulations in a tweet on Monday that said, “The Senate delivered a resounding victory for the Constitution by confirming Amy Coney Barrett this evening. Justice Barrett will be guided by the rule of law and her oath to defend the Constitution.”

Coney Barrett was confirmed by the senate in a 52-48 vote on Monday evening. One Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, crossed party lines and voted against the confirmation. No Democrats voted for the confirmation.


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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.