How the Keep Nine Amendment Started
In 2017 a bipartisan group of former State Attorneys General formed the Coalition to Preserve the Independence of the United States Supreme Court. Of the original 15 AGs, 8 were Democrats and 7 were Republican. Former Virginia Attorney General Andy Miller spearheaded the effort until his unfortunate passing in 2021. The current chairman of the Coalition is Paul Summers, former Attorney General of Tennessee. Former Virginia Attorney General Stephen Rosenthal is the co-chairman.
THESE FORMER STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL FORMULATED THE KEEP NINE AMENDMENT TO PRESERVE 9 JUSTICES ON THE SUPREME COURT
Andy Miller (VA)
Keep Nine Amendment in Congress
In 2019, Democrat Colin Peterson (MN) and Republican Denver Riggleman (VA) introduced the Keep Nine Amendment in Congress. Two years later, in the 117th Congress the Amendment was introduced by South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson and Senator Ted Cruz. The House bill garnered 183 cosponsors and the Senate bill had 20 cosponsors, meaning more than 200 Members of the House and Senates supported the Keep Nine Amendment. Rep. Johnson has already filed a bill in the 118th Congress that began at the beginning of 2023.