CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - President Trump has announced his decision to nominate 53-year-old Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This seat is extremely influential as it has been known as a swing seat in the past, and less than two hours after President Trump's announcement people began to protest the decision outside the Supreme Court.

"Mr. President, I am grateful to you and I'm humbled by your confidence in me,” says Kavanaugh, following Trump’s announcement on Monday, July 9.

Kavanaugh has sat on the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals as a judge for over a decade.

“That's a fairly conservative voting record that I think President Trump’s supporters will look upon favorably across many issues,” says Micah Schwartzman, a law professor at the University of Virginia. “But especially in terms of executive power, on immigration.”

And with that voting record comes a distinguished legal career.

“He worked for Ken Star, on the investigation of President Clinton’s impeachment, so there is, again, conservative support in that story," says Schwartzman.

Kavanugh also worked as a clerk for Justice Kennedy during his time in law school.

"I think his appointment will move the court to the right on many issues, especially with respect to the administrative state, regulation, environmental protection, and a number of other issues," says Schwartzman.

The move to nominate Kavanaugh comes after Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in January 2017.

"President Trump sees his appointment of Justice Gorsuch as a home run, as a major victory for his presidency early on in his term, and I think he wants to repeat that performance and he sees this nomination as an opportunity to do it,” says Schwartzman.

Now that Kavanaugh has been nominated as the Supreme Court nominee, he still has to get confirmed by the Senate by receiving a simple majority of 51 votes.