Updated Oct 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Amy Coney Barrett took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice at a White House ceremony Monday night, soon after the Senate voted to confirm her nomination to the high court in a 52-48 vote.

The state of play: Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath. The Supreme Court wrote in a statement that Barrett will take the judicial oath on Tuesday, at which point she will be able to begin her work on the court.

What she's saying: "The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences," Barrett said after taking the oath.

  • "I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes and I will devote myself to preserving it," she added.

Of note: Officials took steps to avoid a repeat of what happened when people sat cramped together for Barrett's Rose Garden celebration last month — which NIAID director Anthony Fauci described as "a superspreader event" after several attendees contracted COVID-19, including President Trump.

  • For the constitutional swearing-in ceremony, folding chairs were spaced about six feet apart on the South Lawn.
  • "We'll be doing the best we can to encourage as much social distancing as possible," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said before the event.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details on the coronavirus precautions and further context.

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