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How Missouri's Elected Officials Feel about President Trump's Pick for Next Supreme Court Justice

Phil Roeder

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has released a statement following  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Thanks to President Trump, America is one step closer to a Supreme Court that reflects our values," he said.  "The Senate should move swiftly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh who is eminently qualified and a proven conservative. The Supreme Court should interpret the law, not make the law. This is an enormous opportunity to make lasting change for our next generation.”

Missouri’s U.S. senators both released statements following the nomination.

Democrat Claire McCaskill said, “I look forward to thoroughly examining Judge Kavanaugh’s record in the coming weeks as the Senate considers his nomination to replace Justice Kennedy.”

Her office said McCaskill has voted in support of more than two-thirds of President Trump’s judicial nominations since he took office.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt said, “Judge Kavanaugh is a highly-qualified nominee with an outstanding legal background.”  He said he looks forward to learning more about Kavanaugh’s judicial record and talking with him about his judicial philosophy.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.