Gorsuch is a political animal. His mother was a conservative Colorado state legislator before she ran Ronald Reagan’s EPA. The judge’s own resume used to say that he had “worked on Republican campaigns since 1976.” In addition to volunteering in Ohio for the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection effort, he was the co-chair of a Republican National Lawyers Association task force. The Senate Republican Conference even gave him a “distinguished service” award.
“He is a true loyalist (and a good, strong conservative),” then-RNC chair Ken Mehlman, his roommate at Harvard Law, emailed the White House’s political affairs shop as Gorsuch sought an appointment after the 2004 election.
Gorsuch himself wrote Bush’s political director to say he’d “spent considerable time trying to help the cause on a volunteer basis in volunteer roles.” “I’ve concluded that I’d really like to be a full-time member of the team,” he said. Soon after that, he landed a senior job in the Bush Justice Department. Within two years, he was on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.