President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit to the Supreme Court, replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy is similar to Justice Scalia’s, as he is known as a constitutional originalist and a supporter of religious freedom.

Gorsuch, 49, is the youngest nominee to the nation's highest court in more than a quarter century, and he could influence the direction of the court for decades.

"The qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute," President Trump said while announcing his nomination. "He is a man of our country and a man our country really needs badly to ensure the rule of law and the rule of justice."

He added that he hopes Democrats and Republicans can come together "for once" for the good of the country and confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The nomination is expected to touch off a fierce Senate debate in the weeks ahead.

Some Democrats have vowed to oppose Trump's pick, no matter who it is, and some have even talked about moving to filibuster – meaning they would require Trump’s nominee to garner 60 votes in the 100-member Senate.

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