Meet the Supreme Court’s First Chief of Staff, Christine Cusack
The Supreme Court has chosen a new chief of staff and is putting her in charge of the entire court.
Christine Cusek replaces Chief Justice John Roberts as the court’s senior associate justice, the highest-ranking appointee to the court, on Monday.
The move signals a new era for the court that will continue to see a steady stream of major decisions made by the bench, as Roberts has stepped down.
The court has now had four justices for more than a century, with the most recent one retiring in 2017.
With the appointment of Roberts, the court will have three of its current chief justices in place, but will likely have four to seven candidates in each of the next three years, according to a report by CNN.
Cusak was appointed to the bench in 2016 by President Donald Trump, who was a vocal supporter of his nomination.
He appointed her to the Court by President Barack Obama in 2017 after she was nominated by President George W. Bush.
The new Chief Justice will have a broad range of experience, including being the first female president of the Federalist Society, serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and being the daughter of a Supreme Court justice.
The chief justice’s first appointment was made by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
She joined the Supreme Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s and was the top member of that panel when she was confirmed by the Senate in 1991.
She served on the Judiciary Committee for eight years before being appointed to her current position.
During her tenure, Cusk worked on several cases, including the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs.
Her final confirmation was on March 30, 2019.
This is the second major change to the Supreme court in less than a year.
In February, the justices announced that Chief Justice Neil Gorsuch, nominated to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, would not be the next chief justice, and that the justices would elect a new member to replace him.
President Donald J. Trump named Neil Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s seat, replacing Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had died in February.
In the last six months, the Trump administration has taken steps to roll back key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including an executive order that sought to make it easier for states to opt out of parts of the law, a court order to reinstate the nation’s ban on abortion and an order to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed Trump to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.
In March 2019, Trump signed an executive action to withdraw the U.”s commitment to the Paris climate accord.
In July, the Supreme Council of the United States issued a statement calling on the court to rein in the court and reverse a ruling that required states to allow immigrants who were in the country illegally to receive health care coverage.
The Supreme Council said the court has been “unable to provide an adequate alternative to the President’s actions.”
The statement said that the court “has been unable to provide any alternative that will satisfy the needs of American citizens and the American taxpayer.”
In October, the American Bar Association and other legal groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the decision to withdraw a key provision of the health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Care Act.
The lawsuit said the Trump Department of Health and Human Services did not follow the proper procedures to make sure the law could be fully implemented and that it “further undermined the administration’s legal and constitutional obligation to fulfill the promises it made to the American people in the Affordable Healthcare Act.”