State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) testified to the House Civil Justice Committee last week.

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (May 28, 2021) – According to a press release from the office of State Representative Jean Schmidt, she delivered sponsored testimony before the House Civil Justice Committee regarding the House Concurrent Resolution 18 last week.  

Formal Group Photo 9 current justices of the Supreme Court: John Roberts, Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kegan, Sonia Sotomayor (Provided)

The resolution asks Congress to adopt the “Keep Nine” amendment to the United States Constitution which states: “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices.”

State Representative Schmidt offered the following testimony in support of the House Concurrent Resolution 18. 

“As you know, Congressional Democrats recently unveiled a proposal to expand the number of seats on the Court from nine to 13 – and while Nancy Pelosi has said she has ‘no plans to bring it to the floor,’ I have concerns that the issue won’t go away,” Schmidt testified. “I served in Congress with three of the co-sponsors of The Judiciary Act of 2021 and I know first-hand that when Jerry Nadler, a seasoned legislator, wants something done in the House, he will use his influence as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee to get it done.”

Jean Schmidt, State Representative, (R- Loveland) (File Photo)

The press release from Schmidt’s office indicated House Concurrent Resolution 18 also received support in the form of written testimony from former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and was a part of the Republican Revolution. Gingrich testified that the U.S. Constitution makes is very clear that Congress, with presidential approval, can decide the number of Supreme Court Justices.

“It would be a major mistake to change the number of justices for political reasons. It would undermine public confidence and weaken respect for the law,” Gingrich said in his testimony.

Schmidt’s resolution is supported by the Coalition to Preserve an Independent Supreme Court and KeepNine Outreach. House Concurrent Resolution 18 also received written testimony in support of it from Clermont County Prosecutor Mark Takulve and former Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen.

State Representative Jean Schmidt is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 65th house district, which includes northwestern Clermont County.

For more information, contact Rep. Schmidt’s office at (614) 466-8134 or rep65@ohiohouse.gov