Washington,D.C- After a contentious three months of hearings, protests, FBI investigations and numerous political commentators voicing their opinions, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 50-48( two Senators abstained due to same state, and one was attending his daughters wedding, so his vote is not recorded) to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. 

Since being nominated by President Donald J. Trump on July 9, 2018, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have fought tooth and nail over every aspect of Kavanaugh’s life. 

In early July 2018, Dr. Christine Blasley-Ford contacted her state representatives and accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the mid 1980’s. Several more women came out with unsubstantiated accusations shortly after that. The Senate Judiciary Committee held another round of questioning, in which Ford and Kavanaugh attended. During the questioning certain times became terse, as Ford tried to rely her accusations creditably with no forensic or corroborating evidence. Kavanaugh , at times, blowing members of the committee off with strong remarks. 

The Senate voted for Cloture on Friday, October 7, 2018. Cloture is a procedural vote in a legislative assembly to end a debate and take a vote.  The vote went along party lines; 51-49. 

Kavanaugh will now fill the seat vacated by Associate Judge Anthony Kennedy, who retired. The newest term for the U.S. Supreme Court began October 1, 2018.

See how the senators voted below.

Voted to Confirm: Repiublicans

  • Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
  • Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming
  • Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri
  • Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas
  • Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana
  • Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
  • Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee
  • Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
  • Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas
  • Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
  • Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming
  • Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
  • Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona
  • Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
  • Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada
  • Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota
  • Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Mississippi
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma
  • Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia
  • Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin
  • Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana
  • Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona
  • Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma
  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas
  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky
  • Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia
  • Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
  • Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho
  • Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas
  • Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida
  • Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska
  • Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina
  • Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
  • Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota
  • Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina
  • Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania
  • Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi
  • Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana


Voted to confirm – Democrats

  • Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia

Voted against nomination:

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin
  • Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut
  • Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington
  • Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland
  • Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware
  • Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania
  • Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois
  • Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York
  • Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California
  • Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii
  • Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama
  • Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia
  • Sen. Angus King, I-Maine
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont
  • Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri
  • Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon
  • Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut
  • Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington
  • Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida
  • Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan
  • Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island
  • Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire
  • Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan
  • Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana
  • Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland
  • Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island
  • Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon

Vote withdrawn, but opposes nomination
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska

Not voting
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana (supports nomination; attending daughter’s wedding)

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