John Roberts Supreme Court Nomination - Confirmation Process

Confirmation Process

Prior to naming Roberts, Bush reportedly considered a wide range of candidates.

With the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist, Bush withdrew Roberts' nomination for associate justice and renominated him for chief justice, with only a slight delay in his confirmation hearings to allow for Rehnquist's funeral services.

Former Senator Fred Dalton Thompson helped to promote Roberts' nomination. The nomination was first considered by the 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee, which voted 13–5 on September 22 to send the nomination to the full Senate.

On September 29, Roberts was confirmed by the full Senate by a vote of 78–22. Hours after confirmation, he was sworn in by Associate Justice John Paul Stevens at the White House.

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