Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, visited Oral Roberts University on Tuesday. He shared his thoughts with students on various issues such as free speech and religion, immigration, gun ownership and the upcoming election.
Pruitt was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma in 2010. Prior to Attorney General, he served for eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate. A past president of the Republican Attorneys General Association, he established Oklahoma’s Federalism Unit. Pruitt received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications degree from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa.
During his visit, he shared his view and experience working with the late Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away in February. Almost immediately after Scalia’s death, the question became who would replace him on the Supreme Court bench. Pruitt believed Scalia was in a large sense irreplaceable due to his conservative beliefs and voting habits.
Scalia firmly believed law should be applied according to its text. He believed judges should not apply the law in passing legislation based on what is a good policy or what they suppose Congress may have intended but did not express.
Pruitt believes the appointment of the next Supreme Court justice could be the most legally significant event for our country in a generation. The upcoming elections are going to have a great impact on the future of Supreme Court.
“We don’t know. It is yet to be determined,” said Pruitt. “At the end of the day I believe that most of the judges in the US Supreme Court are thoughtful and well-informed intelligent individuals. The Court is a special place and I believe in those members, they work hard to get it right.”
Whoever wins in the upcoming elections, Pruitt prays America is going to have a president in the White House who will take his or her job seriously, especially when selecting the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court.