LEESBURG – President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court was applauded this week by congressmen representing Lake County.

On Wednesday, Rep. Ron DeSantis called Neil Gorsuch “a promising choice.”

“As a judge on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and in his extrajudicial writing, Gorsuch has demonstrated a strong grasp of the Constitution, exhibited an interpretive approach similar to that of Justice Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas, and showcased top-notch writing skills. He has impeccable academic credentials and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to his current position in 2007,” DeSantis said.

Congressman Dennis Ross, representative for Florida's 15th Congressional District, said he believes Gorsuch is “more than capable of filling this important and revered role.”

“Judge Gorsuch has a strong, proven record of defending religious freedoms, protecting the sanctity of life, upholding states’ rights, and providing pro bono legal services. For the past eight years, we have seen our Constitution trampled on, taken advantage of, and grossly misapplied for political convenience, but now is our time to put an end to it. The Senate should move quickly to confirm this constitutional conservative who will defend our liberties and properly apply the laws of our land without legislating from the bench,” Ross said.

Both congressmen also believe that Gorsuch possesses many ‘Scalia-like’ qualities, referring to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who Gorsuch would succeed.

Ross said he thinks Gorsuch will hold the same values, including respect, vigor and fairness, that Scalia did.

DeSantis said although he is confident that Gorsuch can fill Scalia’s “large shoes,” he hopes one trait in Gorsuch is as prominent as it was in Scalia.

“I can't tell you whether Gorsuch possesses a Scalia-esque spine. Time will tell. If he does, he has a chance to be a great justice and fitting heir to the Scalia legacy,” DeSantis said.

Congressman Daniel Webster, 11th congressional district, said that while campaigning, Trump promised that his Supreme Court nominee would be "a jurist who is dedicated to freedom, the rule of law, and to preserving our liberties as enshrined in the Constitution of the United States."

"He also promised a transparent selection – releasing a list of potential nominees. With the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, one of the names on the list, President Trump has kept those promises," Webster said.