Kavanaugh worked as an attorney for Ken Starr and helped draft the Starr Report, which called for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. In late 2000, he worked for the George W. Bush campaign in the Florida recount. He later joined Bush’s staff, leading the administration’s efforts to choose judicial nominees.
Bush nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003, but his confirmation hearings stalled for three years over charges of partisanship.
During his confirmation hearings in 2006, he said he considered the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade binding, and said he would follow the ruling. Last year, he praised Justice William Rehnquist’s dissent in Roe v. Wade for not believing an implicit right to abortions followed the traditions and laws of the country.
He also dissented when the D.C. Circuit upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing the court did not have jurisdiction. In his dissent he compared the law’s individual mandate to a tax. He then dissented four years later when the court refused to reconsider a religious freedom challenge to the law’s contraceptive mandate.
In 2011, Kavanaugh dissented when the court found new gun control measures did not violate the Second Amendment.
If concerned, most experts believe Kavanaugh will move the court more toward conservative values, a change from Kennedy’s occasional swing vote.
In the coming weeks, your senators will have the opportunity to vet Kavanaugh before a vote to confirm him.
That’s why we want to hear from you. What do you want to know about Kavanaugh and his political and legal philosophies? If you were a senator, what questions would you ask him?
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