Gorsuch tapped to replace Biden as chair of constitutional education center

Gorsuch tapped to replace Biden as chair of constitutional education center
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The National Constitution Center announced Tuesday that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been elected the honorary chair of its board of trustees, replacing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE.

Gorsuch said in a statement that he is “honored” to serve as the honorary head of the nonprofit center, which is dedicated to educating people about the Constitution and promoting civics education.

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He is the first justice to serve as the group’s chairman. Other past chairmen include former presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMore adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Pro-impeachment Democrats wary of Al Green's floor vote push Marching toward a debt crisis MORE and George H.W. Bush.

“The work of the Supreme Court and the future of the American Republic depend on citizens educated about constitutional liberties, which makes the nonpartisan mission of the National Constitution Center so urgently important,” Gorsuch said.

Biden, whose tenure as the group’s chairman ended in April as he launched his presidential campaign, said in a statement that the center “plays such an important role in promoting civic education and civil dialogue.”

“The Constitution Center’s mission—to educate all Americans about the U.S. Constitution—inspires us all,” he added.

The National Constitution Center’s president and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen, also said in a statement that Gorsuch “understands the urgent need to educate Americans of all ages about the constitutional principles that unite us.”

Recent studies, including an American Bar Association survey published earlier this month, have shown that Americans have gaps in their basic civics education.

Gorsuch was tapped by President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE in 2017 to serve on the Supreme Court and is a member of the court’s conservative wing.

He is set to publish a collection of his speeches, writings and essays in September.