ArkLaTex senators react to Justice Kennedy's retirement

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who joined the Supreme Court in 1988, announced Wednesday that he is...
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who joined the Supreme Court in 1988, announced Wednesday that he is retiring. (Source: AP Photo)
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 at 7:18 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - U.S. senators representing Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas will face a key decision in confirming a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

After Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, President Trump said he would begin working to nominate a successor.

But before the president's nominee can be seated on the bench, he or she will have to face confirmation from the Senate.

The six ArkLaTex senators, all Republicans, say they look forward to confirming a replacement in the coming months.

Each of them has released a statement regarding Justice Kennedy's retirement.

"The next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court must be well qualified and committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting our Constitution," said Sen. Bill Cassidy.

"I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to ensure a fair, reasonable,and respectful process," he added.

Sen. John Kennedy, who is on the Judiciary Committee that will first question the president's nominee, shared a similar wish list for a nominee.

"I look forward to sitting down with President Trump's nominee and asking some tough questions," John Kennedy said in a statement.

"I will be looking for someone of great intellect who has more than a passing fondness for the U.S. Constitution and doesn't think personal preferences have a role in judicial decision-making."

John Kennedy also praised the president's first Supreme Court nominee, saying, "In short, I'm hoping Justice Gorsuch has a brother or a sister who is willing to serve."

Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz also are on the Judiciary Committee.

Cornyn called for civility during the confirmation process, saying, "I hope the president will choose a principled, well-qualified nominee. I also hope Democrats will consider whomever the president chooses on the merits and not subject the nominee to unfair, personal attacks."

In a series of tweets, Cruz shared clips from an appearance on Fox News in which he called for the president to fill the vacancy with Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

Both Arkansas senators lauded Anthony Kennedy in their statements.

Sen. Tom Cotton called the justice's tenure "long and distinguished" and said, "I look forward to confirming a worthy successor."

"Justice Kennedy served on the federal bench for 43 years," Sen. John Boozman stated.

"I thank him for his service to our nation and his commitment to upholding the rule of law. I am eager for the Senate to fulfill our constitutional duty to advise the president on the selection of our next Supreme Court justice."

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