"President Bush has chosen a highly qualified, outstanding jurist in selecting Samuel Alito to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Alito is one of our Nation's most distinguished judges, and in his nearly 30 years of public service-nearly half of that at the Department of Justice-he has earned a reputation for excellence that few can equal. He served with distinction in the Department's Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Legal Counsel, and he was recognized as one of the best in his profession as a United States Attorney. As a judge for the past 15 years, he is well-known for his fairness, his character, and his commitment to equal justice and the rule of law. I am confident that, as a Justice on the highest Court in the land, he will continue to serve our Nation with distinction."