Virginia, West Virginia politicians comment on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to SCOTUS

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Olivier Douliery/Pool via AP)

(WFXR) – On Monday evening, the U.S. Senate officially voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court in a partisan vote of 52-48.

Politicians from across the two Virginias are offering their comments on the confirmation.

West Virginia Attorney General, Republican Patrick Morrisey applauded Monday night’s Senate confirmation by saying, “Justice Barrett will be an exceptional jurist on the U.S. Supreme Court and a leader for generations to come. She will interpret the Constitution as it is written. West Virginians already witnessed Justice Barrett’s brilliance during her confirmation hearing and I am deeply convinced they will admire her as a rule-of-law judge, devoted mother and a principled woman of faith.”

Richmond Senator, Democrat Jennifer McClellan said, “Justice Amy Coney Barrett had a historically short vetting period, but her record on reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change and health care is deeply concerning. I thank Senator’s Mark Warner and Tim Kaine for voting against this right-wing power grab. The impact of a right-wing court for Virginia and the nation could be massive. Virginia has made tremendous progress over the past several years on expanding health care, protecting equal rights, making it easier to vote, and ensuring more Virginians have educational opportunities and opportunities to participate in the economy.”

Congressman Ben Cline also issued a statement, saying, “I was thrilled to see Justice Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as the newest member of the Supreme Court,” Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) said. “Watching her be sworn in last night by Justice Thomas on the South Lawn of the White House was a powerful image. It showed my young daughters, who were watching beside me, that regardless of your race, religion, or sex, anything is possible in this country. I am ecstatic that a principled, female conservative now sits on the High Court, and I wish Justice Barrett the best of luck on this new endeavor.”

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