|86th United States Attorney General|
|Assumed office |
March 11, 2021
|Preceded by||William Barr|
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit|
February 12, 2013 – February 11, 2020
|Preceded by||David B. Sentelle|
|Succeeded by||Sri Srinivasan|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit|
March 20, 1997 – March 11, 2021
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Abner J. Mikva|
|Succeeded by||Ketanji Brown Jackson|
Merrick Brian Garland
November 13, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Lynn Rosenman (m. 1987)
|Education||Harvard University (BA, JD)|
Merrick Brian Garland (born November 13, 1952) is an American federal judge and politician. Garland is the 86th and current United States Attorney General during the Joe Biden administration since 2021. He was the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2013 to 2020. He was on that court from 1997 until 2021 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.
In 2016, Garland was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia following his death. However, in a Republican-controlled senate, a confirmation hearing was never held and his nomination expired on January 3, 2017.
Early life[change | change source]
Judicial career[change | change source]
Garland practiced corporate litigation at Arnold & Porter and worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a leading role in the investigation and prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombers.
In 1995, Garland was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and (following a delay in Senate confirmation) took the bench in 1997. In 2009 and 2010, Garland was considered by President Barack Obama for two openings on the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court nomination[change | change source]
After Republicans refused to give Garland a confirmation hearing, Garland's nomination was expired in January 2017 shortly before the inauguration of Donald Trump. Trump said he will announce his Justice nominee for the Supreme Court on January 31, 2017.
United States Attorney General[change | change source]
On March 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-7 to advance Garland's nomination to a full Senate vote. On March 10, the Senate confirmed Garland by a vote of 70-30 to become the next Attorney General.
Personal life[change | change source]
Garland married Lynn in 1977. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
References[change | change source]
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- Shear, Michael D.; Harris, Gardiner (March 16, 2016). "Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court". New York Times.
- Juliet Eilperin, Mike DeBonis and Jerry Markon (March 16, 2016). "President Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court". Washington Post.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Sarah Wheaton, Josh Gerstein & Seung Min Kim, Obama picks Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, Politico (March 16, 2016).
- "Merrick Garland Is The Oldest Supreme Court Nominee Since Nixon Was President". FiveThirtyEight. March 16, 2016.
- "Biden to tap Merrick Garland for attorney general". Politico. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
- "Senate committee advances Merrick Garland's nomination for attorney general". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
- Alex Rogers (March 10, 2021). "Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general". CNN. Retrieved March 11, 2021.