Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement upon the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by President Donald Trump to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

“The next Supreme Court Justice will help shape the legal landscape of our nation for decades to come and it is vital that the Senate confirm an eminently qualified, honorable jurist who will strictly uphold the original intent of our Constitution, will respect the proper role of the courts in our federal system, and who will fairly judge cases before the highest court in the land.

“With President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he has chosen an individual with a distinguished career on the federal bench who has proven that he respects the Constitution’s place in our system of government and is committed to upholding the principles enumerated in our nation’s most sacred document.  I urge the Senate to act swiftly on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”