The retirement of Anthony Kennedy, the justice whom Kavanaugh was chosen to replace, has prompted speculation that the Supreme Court could roll back abortion rights under the Trump administration.
In Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump has chosen a man for the Supreme Court who has sterling academic credentials; a long record of public service; a trove of nearly 300 judicial opinions, many highly regarded; an appealing personal story; a lovely family-and a radically expansive view of the power of the presidency.
Kavanaugh served as President George W. Bush's staff secretary, which deals with all the paperwork going through the Oval Office. This is one reason that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reportedly tried to nudge POTUS away from naming him.
For instance, on the federal appeals court in Washington, Kavanaugh has argued for expansive presidential authority in what used to be called "the global war on terror", especially when it comes to the incarceration and treatment of accused enemy combatants.
"I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Ivey said in a statement.
Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.
The glaring exception, of course, is administrative agencies, where Kavanaugh, in tune with Gorsuch and the conservative legal establishment, has sounded amenable to exercising aggressive judicial oversight over what he represents as merely an amalgam of unelected bureaucrats trampling on our cherished liberties. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Indeed, Kavanaugh's business bona fides were touted by the White House to the business community, describing him as "protect [ing] American businesses from illegal job-killing regulation", according to Politico.
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Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. He was not confirmed until three years later, with Democrats saying he was too partisan and inexperienced. "Why won't she rule out voting for Trump's anti-choice picks?" both ads ask.
Kennedy's departure "leaves the court in a calcified state of a hardened left and right with nobody in that middle position", says Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor.
One measure of a judge's influence is how many of his clerks wind up working in the Supreme Court.
Trump is moving the Supreme Court further to the right.
When Justice Anthony Kennedy - a swing vote - announced his retirement last month it became clear that Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalised abortion in the USA would soon be under threat.
The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.
He referred to Kavanaugh's arguments that sitting presidents shouldn't have to face criminal investigations because they are distracting and that a president doesn't have to follow laws he deems unconstitutional.