WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after President Obama announced his nomination of Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Merrick Garland to serve as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice:
"From what I have seen this morning, Chief Judge Merrick Garland certainly has an impressive resume. I look forward to sitting down with him and learning more about his judicial philosophy and record. I will take care to examine his judicial record closely before I make any decision on whether to support his nomination.
"We have a job to do here in the Senate. It is our Constitutional duty to exercise advice and consent for Supreme Court justices. It is my sincere hope that all of us will take that job seriously by holding hearings, conducting interviews and, ultimately, by holding a vote on this nominee."
A biography of Chief Judge Merrick Garland is available here.