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Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (born April 1, 1950) is a judge on the Supreme Court of the United States. His position is that of Associate Justice. He is a Roman Catholic born to Italian American parents and served in the U.S. Army reserves years before joining the Supreme Court. Alito often favors a Republican view of the law. The vote by the U.S. Senate to make Alito a judge was one of the closest in U.S. History, because many Democrats did not want five Republicans on the court. Alito is from Trenton, New Jersey.