Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court of the United States

WASHINGTON - After the GOP invoked the 'nuclear option' to overcome a filibuster by Democrats, the United States Senate has confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 

Gorsuch, 49, was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat on the court that has been open since Justice Antonin Scalia died last year.

Democrats filibustered to try to stop the confirmation Thursday. That's when the GOP changed senate rules, lowering the number of votes required to confirm a SCOTUS nominee from 60 to 51.  

Gorsuch is a Colorado native who lives in Boulder. Prior to his Supreme Court appointment, he served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. 

Before being appointed to the 10th circuit, Gorsuch was a clerk for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He is a deep admirer of the late Justice Scalia, calling him a "lion of the law." 

Gorsuch is married to his wife Louise. The couple has two daughters, two horses, two dogs and a barn cat.

GALLERY: What to know about Neil Gorsuch 

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