What Republican senator voted against Amy Coney Barrett?

ONE Republican senator, Susan Collins, voted against Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

Barrett was confirmed by a vote of 52-48 despite Democratic opposition and was sworn in on October 26.

Who is Amy Coney Barrett?

Amy Coney Barrett, 48, was born in 1972 and raised in New Orleans.

She is the eldest child of seven siblings.

Her father worked as an attorney for Shell Oil Company.

She earned her undergraduate degree in English literature in 1994 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

She then graduated from Notre Dame University Law School and clerked for conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia.

She taught at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana for 15 years, before being appointed to her current role as a circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017.

Ms Barrett is married to former federal prosecutor Jesse M. Barrett who currently serves as a partner at law firm SouthBank Legal in South Bend, Indiana.

The couple live in South Bend with their seven children ranging in age from eight to 19.

Two were adopted from Haiti and one child has Down Syndrome and special needs.

She is also reportedly a member of People of Praise: a small, tightly knit Christian group which was founded in 1971 in South Bend, Indiana.

Members support each other through weekly meetings, religious teaching, Scripture readings, and prayer.

Controversially, the group is said to teach that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.

When was she sworn in as Supreme Court Justice?

Judge Barrett was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 26 – handing President Trump a major pre-election victory with just days to go until the vote.

After the ceremony, Trump and Barrett waved to applauding guests from the White House balcony.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the separate judicial oath at the court on Tuesday, the court said in a statement.

Trump has said he expects the court to decide the outcome of the election and wants Barrett to participate in any election-related cases that go before the justices.

What Republican senator voted against her?

Only one Republican, Senator Susan Collins, voted against confirming Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Senator Collins serves as a United States Senator for Maine.

She has represented Maine in the Senate since 1997.

Barrett's appointment was the first time in 151 years that a justice has been confirmed without a single vote from the minority party – a sign of how divisive Supreme Court appointments have become in recent years.

Her confirmation has left Democrats concerned about the fate of the nation's health care law, the Affordable Care Act, and Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision allowing women to have access to abortions.

What did Trump say about Amy Coney Barrett being sworn in?

At her swearing in ceremony at the White House, President Donald Trump called Barrett's appointment "a momentous day for America."

With Barrett smiling beside him, the president said: "The Barrett family has captured America's heart.

"It is highly fitting that Justice Barrett fills the seat of a true pioneer for women, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg."

He also praised the judge's "towering intellect" and "impeccable credentials."

Barrett, 48, who was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, then said: "I stand here tonight, truly honored and humbled."

She said: "The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core I will do the job without fear or favor and do it independently of the political branches and of my own preferences."

Barrett is expected to start work as a justice on Tuesday after taking the second of two oaths required of judges by federal law.

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