Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a husband and father of two daughters, is President Donald Trump’s newest nominee to the highest court in the land. He is 53 years old and a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and his faith is very important to him: He’s active in his local Catholic church and was once an altar boy, as he explained from the podium at the White House on Monday night.
Pro-life advocates are cheering the president’s choice.
“The historic nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a reflection of the sentiment at the grassroots level that elected President Trump,” Shawn Carney, president and CEO of 40 Days for Life, said in a statement to LifeZette. “Americans want a Supreme Court that understands the limit of the court to interpret rather than create or modify the law and the Constitution. [The group] 40 Days for Life encourages pro-life Americans to call their senators and ask for a swift confirmation process, conducted with fairness and respect.”
Carney continued, “The already outlandish criticisms of this appointment overlook Kavanaugh’s impressive career as a judge who upholds the Constitution and appeals to the law and not activism.”
Kavanuagh’s wife, Ashley, and his two daughters, Margaret and Liza, stood by their father’s side as the president made his announcement.
The nominee’s parents, Everett Edward Kavanaugh Jr. and Martha Gamble Kavanaugh, were also on hand for the announcement. “My mom and dad are here,” said Brett Kavanaugh from the podium. “I am their only child. When people ask what it’s like to be an only child, I say, ‘It depends on who your parents are.’ I was lucky.”
He said his mother was a teacher at two largely African-American public high schools in Washington, D.C., McKinley Technical High School and H.D. Woodson High School. “Her example taught me the importance of equality for all Americans,” Kavanaugh said. “My mom was a trailblazer. When I was 10, she went to law school and became a prosecutor. My introduction to law came at our dinner table, when she practiced her closing arguments. Her trademark line was, ‘Use your common sense — what rings true, what rings false.’”
He continued, “That’s good advice for a juror and for a son. The president introduced me tonight as Judge Kavanaugh, but to me that title will always belong to my mom.”
The nominee’s father went to law school at night while …