Keep Nine Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2020                                                                                                           

Contact: Will Hadden Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs 703.739.5920



Twelve More Former State Attorneys General Back “Keep Nine” Amendment to Ban Court Packing


Washington, D.C. – Twelve former State Attorneys General, including eight elected as Democrats, Robert Abrams, D, NY, George Jepsen, D, CT, Tony Troy, D, VA,  Drew Ketterer D, ME, Chris Gorman D, KY Kentucky,  Jerry Diamond D, VT, Drew Edmondson, D, OK, Peter Kilmartin D, RI, Jahna Lindemuth, Independent, AK Betty Montgomery R, OH, Jerry Kilgore R, VA,  and Tom Corbett, R, and former Governor, PA have newly endorsed the “Keep Nine” Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


The Keep Nine Amendment, would be the shortest Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It says simply, “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices.”


The 12 former State Attorneys General join a bipartisan group of eight other former State Attorneys General, including 6 elected as Democrats, who have already endorsed the Amendment:  Bill Baxley, AL, Richard Doran, FL, and Jim Jones. ID, Gary King, NM, Rufus Edmisten, NC, Paul Summers, TN,  Andrew Miller, VA, and Stephen Rosenthal, VA.


“There is no more important issue for the future of our Constitutional system of checks and balances than protecting the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Keep Nine Amendment will permanently prohibit a future President and Congress from manipulating the size of the Supreme Court for political advantage” said Paul Summers, a Co-Chair of the “Keep Nine” effort.


The Constitution is silent on the number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices and some progressives, including Democratic Vice- Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, have said they are open to passing a law to increase the number of Justices, so more who share their views could be appointed to the Court, a strategy called “Court packing.”


The “Keep Nine” Amendment effort is urging candidates for office at every level to endorse the Amendment to guard against any future “Court packing” attempt.


To reach a spokesperson from Keep Nine, please contact Will Hadden at or call 703.739.5920




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 18, 2020                           

CONTACT: Will Hadden Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs  703.739.5920                                                                                 



Amendment Would Preserve Current Number of Nine Supreme Court Justices


Washington, D.C. – A new bipartisan group is urging Democrats and Republicans to support the “Keep Nine” Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which says very simply, “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices.”


The Constitution is now silent on the size of the Supreme Court which would allow a future Congress and President to change the number of Justices, a strategy commonly known as “Court packing.”


A recent poll by John Zogby Strategies shows that by a more than 3-1 margin voters would support the “Keep Nine” Amendment.


Democrats and Biden supporters backed the Amendment by a 2-1 margin, and the margin for Independents and Moderates was nearly 4-1. A significant number of voters were still undecided.


A majority of voters polled said they felt packing the Court would “politicize and undermine the independence of the court and weaken the checks and balances on the abuse of power by a future president or Congress.”


During the primary campaign some Democratic Presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigeig and Elizabeth Warren indicated they were “open” to increasing the size of the court.


In contrast, soon-to-be Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden and liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg have been among those who have said they oppose efforts to expand the size of the Court.


However there are reports that the 2020 Democratic National Platform will endorse “Structural Change” for the Courts.


“Court packing by one party would almost inevitably lead to retaliatory Court-packing by another party, undermining the independence of the Court and potentially the Rule of Law itself,” said former Virginia Democratic Attorney General Andrew Miller, a leader of the “Keep Nine” group.


“We urge Presidential and Congressional candidates in both parties to endorse the “Keep Nine” Amendment to make clear that no matter who wins this election, the size of the Supreme Court cannot be changed and the independence of the Court, will be permanently preserved,” said Miller.


“Protecting the independence of the Courts should not become a partisan issue,” said Steven Rosenthal, another former Democratic Virginia Attorney General who supports the Amendment.


“Support for the Keep Nine Amendment could be a winning issue for candidates in 2020,” said former Democratic Congressman from West Virginia Nick Rahall.


To reach a spokesperson from Keep Nine, please contact Will Hadden at or call 703.739.5920