At present serves as a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed in 2017.
Judge Barrett described her judicial philosophy as following the rule of law:
” I clerked for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate. His judicial philosophy is mine, too. A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”
If confirmed, would be the youngest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court at age 48.
Judge Barrett and attorney (and former federal prosecutor), Jesse have 7 children including a son with Down Syndrome and two adopted from Haiti.
B.A. in English from Rhodes College in Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School.
15 years as law professor at Notre Dame Law School along with stints at University of Virginia and George Washington University.
Ruled on three abortion cases on the 7th Circuit where she joined a dissent to uphold Indiana’s laws banning targeted abortions on children with disabilities and ensuring the dignified disposition of fetal remains. She joined an opinion urging the Supreme Court to reconsider Hill V Colorado, which restricts the free speech rights of sidewalk counselors at abortion facilities. She voted for the full 7th Circuit to rehear a challenge to an Indiana law requiring parental notification before a minor girl can get an abortion after a three-judge panel found the law to be unconstitutional.
Served as a board member at South Bend’s Trinity School at Greenlawn, and served on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish’s Pastoral Council. During her 2017 confirmation hearings, her faith became the focus of criticism, including a famous line from Senator Diane Feinstein: “The dogma lives loudly within you.”
Source: Right to Life of Michigan