Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony Saturday just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him, solidifying conservative control of the highest court in the land for years to come and ending a bitter battle over his nomination.
The final Senate vote was 50-48. Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to break ranks and vote in favor of him.
President Trump congratulated Kavanaugh on Twitter and called him a “great nominee.” He signed Kavanaugh’s commission to the Supreme Court aboard Air Force One so he could get to work immediately on the court.
He will hear his first cases next week.