Judge Amy Coney Barrett has just taken her constitutional oath as the ninth justice of the Supreme Court at the White House.
In a brief acceptance speech, Barrett thanked President Trump, the White House Staff, and the members of the Senate for helping her get through the confirmation process.
Barrett harped on the need for a separation of powers between the judicial and legislative branches.
“It is the job of a senator to pursue her policy preferences,” Barrett said to an audience on the South Lawn of the White House.
“In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give into them. Federal judges don’t stand for election. Thus, they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people.”
She added, “This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government. A judge declares independence not only from Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her.”
The 48-year-old mother of seven likewise said, “The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty. The rule of law must always control. My fellow Americans, even though we judges don’t face elections, we still work for you. It is your Constitution that establishes the rule of law and the judicial Independence that is so central to it. The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor, and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences. I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it.”
On Monday evening, a majority of U.S. Senators voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court with Democrats refusing to engage in bipartisanship.
Barrett was confirmed on a 52-48 vote with only Republicans voting to confirm her. One Republican, Susan Collins, voted against Barrett.
According to Fox News, Barrett will start her new role after Chief Justice John Roberts administers her Judicial Oath on Tuesday.
Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath at Monday’s ceremony.