Washington -- Judge John Roberts, President
Bush’s pick for 17th chief justice of the United States,
was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 29.
President George W. Bush looks on as Judge John
G. Roberts is sworn in by Justice John Paul
Stevens. Roberts' wife Jane is holding the Bible.
The U.S. Senate voted 78 to 22 to confirm Roberts
as the 17th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme
Court, succeeding the late Chief Justice William
H. Rehnquist. (© AP/WWP)
The Senate, after a lengthy judicial confirmation
process, voted Roberts as chief justice in a 78-22 vote,
with all Senate Republicans and about half of the Democrats
voting to confirm him.
“Across the nation, Americans have
grown in respect and admiration for this good man,”
Bush said of Roberts participation in the two-month Senate
confirmation process. “From the day of Judge Roberts'
nomination, the Judiciary Committee and senators of both
parties have received him with courtesy and fair mindedness.”
Roberts was sworn in as chief justice by
senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens at a brief ceremony
at the White House on September 29, and will take the bench
with the other eight justices as the 2005-2006 Supreme Court
term begins Monday, October 3.
“All Americans can be confident that
the 17th chief justice of the United States will be prudent
in exercising judicial power, firm in defending judicial
independence, and above all, a faithful guardian of the
Constitution,” President Bush said at the ceremony.
Roberts, 50, will be the youngest chief
justice since 1801, when President John Adams appointed
John Marshall to be chief justice at the age of 46.
“I will try to ensure, in the discharge
of my responsibilities, that with the help of my colleagues,
I can pass on to my children's generation a charter of self-government
as strong and as vibrant as the one that Chief Justice Rehnquist
passed on to us,” Roberts said at his swearing in
Roberts replaces the late Chief Justice
William Rehnquist, one of his mentors, who died in early
With Roberts now confirmed, President Bush
is poised to name a replacement for Associate Justice Sandra
Day O’Connor who announced her retirement on July
1. O’Connor has said that she will remain on the court
until her replacement is confirmed.
"The president will nominate someone
that all Americans can be proud of, someone who is highly
qualified to serve on the highest court in our land,"
said White House spokesman Scott McClellan on the subject
of O’Connor’s replacement.
of remarks by Bush and Roberts at the swearing in ceremony
is available on the White House Web site.
Washington File Staff Writer