WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch thanked his former law clerks, family and friends Monday as he was sworn into the Supreme Court during a White House ceremony.

Gorsuch says of his former law clerks, “your names are etched in my heart forever.”

The new justice joined President Donald Trump, members of the nation’s high court and his family for a Rose Garden ceremony.

Gorsuch thanked his family for their “perseverance and patience” and his mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he served as a law clerk.

He has promised to be a “faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation.”

Surrounded by family and his future colleagues, Gorsuch has taken his place as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court.

The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado was sworn in after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving Supreme Court picks – over the fierce objection of Democrats.

The first ceremony took place privately in the Justices’ Conference Room, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the oath required by the Constitution. It was followed by a public White House ceremony, where Justice Anthony Kennedy is to administer the oath set by federal law.

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