There's a vacancy on Colorado's Supreme Court after the U.S. Senate voted today to confirm Justice Allison Eid to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Trump, a Republican, nominated Eid to replace Neil Gorsuch who is now a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Gov. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, will choose Eid's replacement on the state Supreme Court from a shortlist provided by Colorado's judicial nominating committee.
Once that pick is in place, Hickenlooper will have chosen more than half of the court’s current justices.
Both of Colorado's senators, a Democrat and a Republican, voted to confirm Eid. GOP Sen. Cory Gardner said she'll make Colorado proud.
“Allison’s experience as Colorado’s Solicitor General, serving on Colorado’s Supreme Court, and teaching at CU Law will all contribute to her success on the 10th Circuit,” he said in a statement.
Through his spokeswoman, Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, said that “while he does not agree with her conservative judicial philosophy, her appointment will not change the composition of the 10th Circuit.”
“Bennet believes Eid’s time on the Colorado Supreme Court, as well as her other experiences, make her qualified for the position,” Laurie Cipriano said Thursday.