Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson (left) and David Perdue Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson (left) and David Perdue

Georgia’s U.S. senators were quick to voice approval Monday night as President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, both Republicans, attended the formal announcement at the White House, designed for prime-time television and starting promptly at 9 p.m. By 9:30 p.m., both senators had released statements cheering the choice.

“I congratulate Judge Kavanaugh, who is a talented and experienced jurist, on his nomination to our nation’s highest court,” Isakson said. “I firmly believe that justices who understand and apply the law based on the U.S. Constitution, and not on their own personal political views, should fill seats on our Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s record indicates that he shares a strong commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law.”

Both Isakson and Perdue said they look forward to meeting with Kavanaugh and working with their colleagues to confirm his nomination.

“President Trump has again fulfilled his promise to the American people and put forward an outstanding nominee to serve on the United States Supreme Court,” Perdue said. “Throughout his remarkable legal career, Brett Kavanaugh has shown a commitment to upholding our country’s Constitution. These principles are the bedrock of our nation and have made the United States exceptional since its founding.”

Perdue praised Kavanaugh’s academic and legal background: graduated from Yale Law School, clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for Kennedy, served as staff secretary for President George W. Bush, has served on the D.C. Circuit for more than a decade.

Perdue added, “Judge Kavanaugh understands the long-lasting impact Supreme Court decisions have on our nation.”

Attorney General Chris Carr issued a statement Tuesday applauding the selection.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a well-respected jurist who will apply the law as written and enforce the text, structure and original understanding of the Constitution,” Carr said. “I congratulate Judge Kavanaugh and his family and hope for a quick confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”