(KSLA) - President Donald Trump has announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his pick for Supreme Court nominee.
The vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia last February after his death has played a major role in the presidential campaign since the new president would choose Scalia's replacement.
Gorsuch was among three judges reportedly on the short list to be a nominee, along with William Pryor and Thomas Hardiman. All three arrived at the White House in advance of the announcement at 7 p.m.
Gorsuch, 49, was nominated to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado by George W. Bush.
Hardman is 51, and is a member of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pryor, 53, was appointed by Bush to the 11th Circuit Court of appeals.