Tennessee Republicans Voice Support for Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination to Supreme Court


Tennessee’s Republican leaders are voicing their support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tennessee Delegation

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn: “After my conversation with Judge Amy Coney Barrett today, I understand why attorneys and legal experts describe her as the finest constitutional scholar of her generation.  As a professor, she shared her love of the law with her students and shaped countless careers through patient instruction. As an attorney and judge, her diligent application of the law has contributed to a truly impressive body of work and a cohesive view of the judiciary’s role. In the coming weeks I look forward to listening as Judge Barrett presents her record before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and demonstrates her ability to rule fairly, justly, and with utmost faith to the Constitution.”’

Blackburn provided a list of quotes from other Tennessee Republican leaders:

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: “I have voted to confirm Justices Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh based upon their intelligence, character and temperament. I will apply the same standard when I consider Judge Barrett’s nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg.”

U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (TN-02): “When I hear folks say #AmyConeyBarrett can’t help raise a family and have a career I think of my sweet Momma.”

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03): “I too am a Catholic who tried to save money on housing in law school and got married shortly after law school. Amy Coney Barrett is a fantastic judge and she will be confirmed because of that. Desperate attacks on her religion have no place here.”

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04): “Amy Coney Barrett has impeccable credentials as a jurist and would make a fine addition to the Supreme Court. Her life experiences, scholarship, and previous judicial work all point to her being an excellent justice capable of making constitutional decisions in line with precedent and original intent. I urge the Senate to move forward expeditiously.”

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff (TN-08): “I applaud President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.  Throughout her career, Judge Barrett has shown an unwavering commitment to the Constitution.  As a former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in her private law practice, and as a law professor, Judge Amy Coney Barrett has unique experience and expertise to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Furthermore, I am proud that a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis has received this nomination from the President.  I fully support the President’s selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court and look forward to her confirmation by the United States Senate.”

State Officials

Gov. Bill Lee: “I believe she also carries the principles and has a desire to uphold the principles that a vast majority of Tennesseans hold, specifically regarding Second Amendment rights and the right to life. I believe she is a highly qualified candidate and I look forward to her swift confirmation.”

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptional jurist and will make an exceptional justice.  She appreciates that a judge’s role is not to create the law but to apply the Constitution and the laws of the United States as written. I encourage the Senate to give her a respectful hearing and a speedy vote.  And I hope that many of those who are anxious about her nomination will over time come to appreciate her commitment to the rule of law and her fidelity to our Constitution.”

Lieutenant Gov. Randy McNally: “Congratulations to Amy Coney Barret on her nomination to the Supreme Court by @realdonaldtrump. A strong, conservative jurist who will interpret the law as written. The nomination of this accomplished, independent woman is great for SCOTUS and a fitting nod to the legacy of RBG.”

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader and State Senator Jack Johnson: “It is crucial that we #FillTheSeat and appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.”

Tennessee State Senator Shane Reeves: “Judge Barrett is clearly the right person at the right time for this position. With her Tennessee connections, as a graduate from Rhodes College, she clearly understands the values of faith, family and freedom that Tennesseans hold near. I look forward to seeing her confirmed to our nation’s highest court.”

Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Faison: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett embodies what the founders intended for this country’s justices. She believes you, not the government can rule your life best, and your elected officials represent you, not a court.”

Tennessee State Rep. Robin Smith: “A brilliant, accomplished woman who loves her husband, family, “the United States & the constitution.” The disdain, contempt will be steep, as will the many things said to deceive. What a great woman and role model.”

Tennessee State Rep. Rick Tillis: “In this critical time it is necessary for the Senate to perform its duty to hold hearings for the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a strong candidate to be the next Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. I have full confidence in the Senate Judiciary Committee to perform their duty to vet Judge Barrett in a thoughtful and deliberate way.”

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs: “Amy Coney Barrett is a great choice for Supreme Court Justice! A clerk for Justice Scalia, she follows a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution making her a wonderful candidate.”

Rhodes College Leadership, Classmates and Alums

Dr. Marjorie Hass, President of Rhodes College: “I stand by the words in my letter to our community and my public remarks acknowledging the facts of Judge Barrett’s exceptional record of academic achievement while a student at Rhodes. The college will continue to speak of her with respect and friendship…”

Brad Todd, Rhodes College Class of ’92; Co-Author, “The Great Revolt”: “Rhodes College alumni everywhere should be proud of Amy Coney Barrett.”

Stacey Heck, Rhodes College Class of ’94: “Even at 17, 18 years old when we first met, she just had this poise and grace and brilliance about her and you knew she was going to go far.”

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.






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3 Thoughts to “Tennessee Republicans Voice Support for Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination to Supreme Court”

  1. Bill

    And how will you have deal with pregnancy yourself William? One thing for sure, I doubt you’ll be around for those who have abortions as they suffer the emotional trauma,guilt, and not to mention the potential harm to her reproductive system from going through it. You say God help us if Amy is confirmed. Kind of an oxymoron to reference God’s name while promoting murder is it not? Try again son.

  2. William R. Delzell

    God help us all if Barrett is confirmed! She does not want the average Tennessean or average American to have decent, equal access to medical care. What right-wingers call strict constitutionalism is simply a code word for bigotry against anybody not of the superrich white oligarchy! That she would deprive a pregnant woman of medically needed abortions is especially repugnant. These men like the Tennessee Attorney General will never have to deal with a pregnancy themselves.

    1. John

      Wil, thank you for listing the entire Democrat party’s talking points since the 60’s. Nobody with half a brain is buying that bs anymore, moron.