Justice Clarence Thomas administers constitutional oath in an outdoor White House ceremony
Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the 115th Supreme Court justice Monday evening, elevating a disciple of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to succeed the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg and establishing a broad conservative majority for the first time since the 1930s.
In an outdoor ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, just eight days before the election, Justice Barrett took the first of two oaths to be sworn in to the Supreme Court, with President Trump looking on. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath in front of a few hundred guests, most of them wearing masks, within hours of the GOP-led Senate confirming her appointment in the face of Democratic opposition.
The vote to confirm Justice Barrett was 52-48, with only one GOP senator, Susan Collins of Maine, joining Democrats in voting against the nominee.
Justice Barrett will take the judicial oath on Tuesday, when it will be administered at the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts. She can then begin participating in court decisions.
“She will make an outstanding justice on the highest court,” Mr. Trump said in remarks at the White House ceremony. He noted that she would be the first mother of school-age children to serve on the Supreme Court.