WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- He's now Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Kavanaugh Saturday night. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters.
The swearing-in followed a narrow 50 to 48 vote in the Senate earlier in the day. A final plea from the protesters inside the Senate chamber could do no more than briefly delay the vote.
“We refused to be intimated by the mob of people who were coming after Republican members in their homes and the halls. I could not be prouder of the Senate Republican Conference. We also want to thank Senator Manchin for helping us," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.a.) was the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh. On Friday, he was shouted at by protesters in the Senate hallway.
While taking heat inside the beltway for his decision, a recent Gray Television poll showed 54 percent of likely voters in West Virginia supported Kavanaugh, even after sexual assault allegations were made against him.
“I’m very much concerned basically with the sexual abuse that people had to endure, and very much concerned that we have to do something as a country, but I had to deal with the facts I had in front of me," said Manchin on Friday.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was the only Republican not to support Kavanaugh.
“I was fearful that he was not the right person for the court at this time," Murkowski told the Gray Television Washington News Bureau on Saturday.
When asked if she is disappointed Kavanaugh will now sit on the Court, Murkowski answered, "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh has seen, has felt, is aware of where we are as a country right now. And every day with every decision, every deliberation he makes, he puts restoring that public confidence in the front of his mind.”
As Kavanaugh was being sworn in Saturday night, protesters continued to rally outside the Supreme Court.